Live Easter good news

During Easter, we as Christians recognise the completion of Jesus Christ’s assignment on Earth: to come, to die for the sins of humanity and to be resurrected on the third day. I contemplate about what that day must have been like. Here Jesus was, the Son of God. He’d performed miracles. He rejected the religious leaders and traditions of the day by loving the unlovable.

His ardent followers, including his disciples, must have been devastated. They had pinned their hope on Jesus and would have never imagined their master, the promised saviour to end up in such a humiliating manner on the cross. The disappointment of hopes lost was obvious around Calvary on that Good Friday.

To put all your faith in something that lets you down is a heavy weight to bear. I may not have been there when the disciples watched their Lord breathe His last breath, but I can imagine how they felt: in a word, hope lost. Not only did He die in the most publicly humiliating way at the time, but He was also entombed. Now that’s final. For three days, there was nothing. He was gone. All seemed lost.

What they could not make out was that Jesus was merely completing his mission. His final declaration on the cross, “It is finished” before he hung His head, was his affirmation to God the Father that he has completed his assignment.

Then the resurrection of Jesus on that Sunday morning is the heart of the Gospel message and, perhaps even, the meaning of the life: that there is hope. No matter how dark it gets, there is a light that shines. That’s why they call it “The Good News”, and it can inspire anybody.

I hope that our eyes will be opened with a renewed hope to the wonderful ways God is working through us into invigorated commitment. God’s new life is at work in us, around us and through us!

Easter is the way we live our faith, ask our questions, offer our prayers, gather as the body of Christ, serve in and through our shared ministry of Jesus the Christ.

The Bible never says celebrate Easter on one specific day. Instead, it encourages disciples to live Easter’s good news of new life in the resurrection of Jesus Christ every day.

Times change, but “what hasn’t changed is that everyone in the Easter crowd is struggling and needs reassurance that there is hope. All was lost on Good Friday: the saviour was crucified and his followers ran away. But even on the darkest day in history, GRACE and MERCY broke through and walked away from an empty tomb. So, there’s HOPE for all of us.”

Keep your eyes peeled for the light. Wait for it. It’s coming.

Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Sa malo and happy Easter.

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