Christ is risen!
"This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem".
Easter message by Fabienne Seguin
Christ is risen! He is not on the cross anymore nor did He stay in the tomb. Hallelujah!
Women could testify that He had left the grave; "to whom [the apostles] He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God".
From our own experience, can we testify that Christ is risen and is alive by His Holy Spirit in us?
Because Jesus was offered as a sacrifice and paid for our sins, we are not indebted anymore. We deserved death but Jesus took it and He overcame it. He was mistreated, insulted and tortured BUT it was not the end of God’s plan. Christ resurrected. His death restored the relationship to God that we had broken because of sin and His resurrection gave Him the victory on death. He is almighty and He reigns! Through His death and resurrection, Christ offered Hope, Freedom and Eternal Life to those who repent and accept Him as Lord and Saviour. As we look at the global situation nowadays, we can see that Christ offered much more than three words to us. Young people have no confidence in the future and many are depressed and commit suicide. Others are suffering from cancers or various diseases, others are suffering for their faith, others are starving, others are victims of wars, of earthquakes, of climate changes, of domestic violence, others are begging for water…
God will not change and Christ is still alive and can deliver us from any situation.
Do we live with the memory of Jesus on the cross or with the Spirit of Christ living in us?
"Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?" Luke 24:32.
Do we take time to listen to Him, to talk to Him, to worship Him? Was the resurrection the end of a process or the beginning? Do we celebrate it once a year or every day? The gift that God gave us at the cross is so big, so bright, so deep and so high that it is hard to understand it, however, we must value and treasure it. Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians, verses 17 to 23: "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all". Chap 2:16-17 'that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God'.
May the Light of Christ shine in us and through us. He is risen indeed!
I pray for you.
EBWU president, 2018-2023