Text:-He will swallow up death in victory, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it (Isaiah 25:8)
Today is Easter Day in which we mark the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ from the grave. The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is at the centre of the Christian faith. Without it all else crumbles (I Corinthian 15:14).The resurrection is so important that Paul craved to know the power of the resurrection in order to attain it (Philippians 3:10-11).
Christ’s resurrection affirms the truthfulness of Jesus’ life and the words he spoke about himself that he is the resurrection and the life, and that he who believes in him shall live, even though he dies (John 11:25). In Christ’s resurrection; it can be seen that truth is stronger than falsehoods, good is stronger than evil, love is stronger than hatred, life is stronger than death, and that no one can thwart God’s plan. In Christ’s resurrection, we who believe in him have the assurance of our own resurrection to reign with him eternally in his eternal kingdom (John 14:3).This is our hope as Christians. In Christ’s resurrection, we have the certainty of the forgiveness of our sins in that he was the expiation for our sins
As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, it behooves us to always set our minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth (Colossians 3:2) by putting to death all that is carnal-fornication, impurity, passion, evil desires and covetousness which is idolatry (Colossian 3:5). This is the way to keep the feast of Christ’s resurrection alive.
While it is important to experience the power of the resurrection and be found in Christ, it is equally important to spread the gospel of Christ so that others will come and know Him and also experience the power of the resurrection. Therefore, let us all who have experienced the power of Christ’s resurrection go out in the power of the Holy Spirit to work for the extension of the gospel, His praise and glory.
The day of Resurrection
Earth, tell it out abroad
The Passover of gladness
From death to life eternal
From earth unto the sky
Our God hath brought us over
With hymns of victory.
The Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D