Easter – Christians reminded to relook at relationship with others

A time to reborn ... Beato Senivatalala in prayer at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva on Thursday, April 18, 2019. People around the world will be celebrating Easter today. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

AS Fijians mark Good Friday today commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the cross, Christians have been reminded that the Cross summoned one to change the way they see things.

Fiji Council of Churches general secretary the Rev Iliesa Naivalu highlighted this in his Easter message, saying that the Cross was also a symbol calling on Christians to relook at their relationship with others.

Mr Naivalu said the Cross was a sign of contradiction to the values and principles of the world and showed how God could bring good out of evil, order out of chaos, meaning out of absurdity, and life out of death.

“It calls us to look at our relationships with others, to look at life, and to see death in ways that are inside-out and upside-down from those who have no faith, and who are forced to see them through the eyes of fear,” he said.

“He was lifted up on that Cross for you, He was lifted up on that Cross for me. He was lifted up on that Cross to heal us from all our sins.

“The cross stands at the very summit of Christ’s saving entrance into our humanity — and it stands at the very bottom of Christ’s degradation. The Cross confounds non-believers, it frightens the proud, it is an object of scorn and ridicule for the evil mind.”

Mr Naivalu said the Cross carried by Jesus was a sign of peace.

“The Cross summons us to change the way we see things. It urges us, challenges us, and demands us to look at the world in a vision and in a way that departs from the vision we might have under a different and secular perspective.”

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