Blessed Easter to All

Posted on March 26, 2016 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Blessed Easter to you!

He is alive!  He is risen! He has conquered sin and death and has won victory for us!  St. Gregory of Nyssa eloquently proclaimed in his Easter homily that “The reign of life has begun.  The tyranny of death is ended.  A new birth has taken place; a new life has come; a new order of existence has appeared; our very nature has been transformed.  This birth is not brought about by human generation, by the will of man or the desire of the flesh, but by God who raised Jesus from the dead.”

On this holiest of days, “the resurrection is God’s potent yes, his amen pronounced on the life of Jesus,” therefore you and I are alive and thanks be to God!  Today like no other day we have been reconciled with God; elevated to new heights and are called to a new life in Christ and I am thrilled to be part of it.  For just as Christ is risen, we too are risen from sin to life so that Easter blessings may be made manifest in and through us to many in our world.

The resurrection is the foundation and essence of our faith, a sign par excellence (John 2:18) of Christ divine authenticity.  Our faith is not in vain thanks to the resurrection of Jesus, a joyful occasion of God’s love for his people – a delight to the heart and an exhortation to enter into this great event for all eternity.

This day of rejoicing calls for a big celebration in all churches and homes throughout the world, for God has wrought great wonders in our lives and indeed we are glad.  It is truly the day the Lord has made and all earth exults in this glorious life!

Easter is a time when we awake from darkness into light – darkness dispelled by the Son of God who became our leader and in turn leading us into his light – the light of eternal salvation.  Today we praise God among the peoples and chant his praises among the nations for his love reaches to the heavens and his faithfulness to the skies.

Riveting indeed is the message that the women heard from the angels in the gospel “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised.”  The Lord has been raised thus conquering sin and death and calling us to begin a new phase in our lives – walking in newness of life.   This is the time to think of what is above, because our life is hidden with Christ.

While Easter proclaims life, resurrection and calls for rejoicing, we know that we cannot fully celebrate without recalling that there are many throughout our world that are not rejoicing with us because of war, health issues, family problems, death of a loved one and what have you.Jesus’ resurrection has a powerful message for all, that our suffering is not the end of our lives but if endured with patience and faithfulness we too will rise above it and live a more perfect life with God forever.

Easter message challenges us to become heralds of the good news just as the women who went out to announce Christ resurrection to the disciples and to others, that we be alive with the message – be on fire for Christ!  Christ is alive to the extent that we are Christ and manifest him to others.

Through the resurrection, we have been made intimate participants in the glorious life of Christ because he is drawing us to himself by giving us eternal life.  Having received a new life in Christ, you and I are challenged to become life for others by loving and caring for all peoples, living the best life you can live for God and remaining faithful at all times to God.

I am humbled and grateful that Jesus suffered for me and for many people that I do not know, nonetheless connected to spiritually.  Grateful that he chose to come into the world to ransom us, I want to be alive in Christ because like St. Paul, “He has appeared to me too” and hopefully you are ready to say the same and embark on this life-changing journey!

May Easter blessings be and remain with us all now and forever.  Amen

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