Dear Brothers and
in the name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.
The very foundation of Christianity stands on the truthfulness of the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Easter is not just a
religious ceremony or ritual but a historical event. It commemorates
God's intervention into the history and save the world from the darkness
of sin. Easter is the day of victory over sin and death.
events occurred in the dramatic succession of Easter event; the trial of
Jesus, the death of Jesus on the cross and finally the resurrection of
Jesus from the death. Jesus actually went through six trials before His
crucifixion. Three trials went in a religious court and three trials
before Roman court. The leaders found no guilty in all six trials. But
they want to kill Him. Finally they brought Him before the court and
made one charge against Him. He claims Himself to be the Son of God.
John 12:47 "If any one hears My words and does not keep them, I do not
judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world."
After beating and mocking one night, after being crowned with
painful thorns, Jesus crucified. Crucifixion one of the terrible death
penalty ever formulated by men. They nailed Him between two criminals.
Prophesies about Jesus were fulfilled by His crucifixion. Isaiah 53:12
say 'he was numberedwith the transgressors.' Why Jesus have to die? Because, He was the
only man who able to pay our sins. We deserved punishments, but Jesus
paid His life as the penalty for us. He was obedient till the death on
the cross. He had given priority to His Father's will. At the garden of
Gethsemane, He prayed to God to take up this cup, but finally He gave
the priority to His Father's will than His priority.
death of Jesus, His body put in to a tomb. They put a big stone to close
the tomb's opening and kept soldiers outside the tomb. They did not
want to Him coming out. But on the third day, He rose from death. Easter
reminds all believers in their calling and of the open door for
relationship with God through Jesus. So, 'Easter is a time to admit
ourselves as sinner and need forgiveness because He is the only way to
God.' Basil C. Hume said, "The great gift of Easter is hope which makes
us have that confidence in God, in His ultimate triumph, and in His
goodness and love which nothing can shake." Easter bring you renewed
hope, faith, love and joy.
Happy Easter !!
May God bless us all.
(Rev. Robin K. Paul)