Antony | Student at Redeemer
The great solemnity of Easter marks a New Year in the Church. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, but Easter rejoices at the resurrection of Jesus — the door of salvation which Christ unlocked through His Cross was swung open that blessed morning when Christ was resurrected from the dead for all who believe and trust in Him.
We read in 1 Corinthians 15:14 that St. Paul says if Christ had not been raised from the dead, then our faith is in vain. The beauty is that Christ has been raised from the dead, and we are given assurance of this by the Holy Spirit on Pentecost; our faith testifies to this.
What does this mean for us?
God longs to repair relationships with His children whom sin and disobedience have broken. He offers us the chance to live eternally with Him in His Kingdom forever. When Christ was nailed to the Cross, it is said that all the wrath of God the Father was emptied upon Christ. Even the face of God was turned away from Jesus for a time, but through Jesus’ resurrection we have the chance to have eternal life — if we grab hold of Christ.
Our grip may slip at times, but we have nothing to fear if we give Christ our hearts. We have nothing to fear because it is Christ who is holding on to us. We will still endure the brokenness of this world and will be tempted, but our sinful nature has no hold on what Christ has in store for his believers.
These are the words that our Creator God spoke: I will go; I will humble Myself to be tortured and die on a cross for Our children. Why? Who are we? We are His beloved children and Christ came to die for you and me, all of us, because He loves us.
My dear brothers and sisters, Easter is a time of great joy, but some of us may not feel that joy because of something going on in our lives with family or friends. We may go to chapel, CITB, Hot Spot, or other worship events here at Redeemer to find that outlet, that moment of release, but life goes on and to go with the flow we put on masks. We put on a smile, thinking “It’s Easter, I’m a Christian, I should be happy”, while inside, pain has taken over.
Don’t be afraid. Christ was right there, feeling the same things you are now while He prayed “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from Me” (Luke 22:42). Fix your eyes on the Cross of Christ and hold on to it in your hearts, because that is your Joy. Give it to Christ, whatever it is. Even if you can’t let go right away, ask Him to help carry it, and slowly you will be able to let go. Jesus Christ promised He will never leave us or forsake us. It doesn’t matter what you did — He is your Father, your Creator, and your God.
Have a blessed Easter.