Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Most of us like Easter for it celebrates Jesus’ victory over death and that gives us hope of our own victory over death for eternal life.
The fact that Jesus rose from death demonstrated that He has power and only through Him can people have life. Jesus said: “For God so loved the world so much that He gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3)
The teaching of Christ’s resurrection now began to dawn on women and men and their sight now turned to faith as they realised that Christ had risen from the dead. Jesus returned to the Father, and of course, this way a journey from the finite world of earth to the infinite glory of heaven. Where he went, we can follow; just as we are called to share in His cross and resurrection.
The Easter story is one that is familiar to us, we know it so well but how do we live it?
We are surrounded by death, and we are called to live as resurrection, Easter day people in the midst of death, and how is that possible? How do we do that?
On Easter day, early in the morning, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb, but Jesus ‘body was missing. The angels explained to her that Jesus was alive (John 20). The message they gave her was “don’t be afraid”. The reality of the resurrection brings peace, joy and not fear. When you are afraid, remember that Jesus is alive. He is the way, the truth and life. (John 14)
Because of Jesus’ resurrection, we can be certain of our own resurrection, for dearth is not the end of life. The power that brought Jesus back to life is available to us, to bring our spiritually dead selves back to life.
What is required of us all, is to know Jesus, to love Him, to serve Him and to love our neighbours as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37ff).
Jesus is risen and is among us as he promised us long ago “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you, we say with confidence, the Lord is my Helper, we will not be afraid” (Hebrews 13:5-6)
I wish you all, a blessed Easter season.