Here is the Easter reflection which ends our series on Light against Darkness. We hope you found them inspiring and meaningful.
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here but has risen. Remember how he told you while he was still in the Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words… (Luke 24:5b-7)
The words of the two angels to the fearful and astonished women who had taken spices they had prepared to the tomb of Jesus early on the first day of the week, have resounded throughout the centuries bringing hope, joy and peace to multiple millions of people! The resurrection of Jesus from the dead on the third day represents the single most astounding event in the history of humanity and the only basis upon which our hope against the darkness of this present age is built!
Peter, who himself was plunged into the depths of despair and remorse for his denial of Jesus when he was handed over to sinful men and witnessed his cruel death by crucifixion, writes in his first letter that ‘according to God’s great mercy he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead’ (1 Peter 1:3).
Our faith is based on a living hope in a living person – Jesus of Nazareth – whom God raised from the dead in vindication of his atoning death on the cross through which we have forgiveness of sins, peace and reconciliation with God and hope of eternal life! This gives us joyful confidence in life and comfort and solace in death. As Paul reminds us so eloquently in his letter to the Romans, neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8: 38-39).
Dear Lord Jesus,
We thank you for your amazing love and humility that led to your cruel death of the cross where you willingly laid down your life for our salvation. We also thank you that you are the resurrection and the life and that whoever believes in you, though he or she die, yet shall live, and everyone who lives and believes in you shall never die!
Help us to live in the joy and hope of your resurrection life in this Easter season and throughout our lives. In your name we pray, Amen!