“Jesus Christ Is The Living Lord!”(I Cor.15:20-28).
Today is Easter Monday. We have just celebrated the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. But not everybody is convinced that the resurrection actually happened.
We are reminded how the chief priests and Pharisees went to Pilate and asked him to make the tomb secure until the third day, lest the disciples steal the body of Jesus and claim that he had been raised to life. According to them, such a claim would have been a worst deception than the first(Mt.26:62-66).
The debate as to whether Jesus rose from the dead is ongoing. It isn’t strange when some Africans in the age of Africa’s renaissance wonder why God will kill his own Son just because he wants humanity to be reconciled to him. Right in the Bible there were those who objected to the resurrection. Paul asked the Corinthians, “But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised…”(I Cor.15:12-19).
On the contrary, the Resurrection is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, Christianity collapses. The Christian faith and its claims to be Truth hinges on the fact that Christ rose from the dead. The Christian faith is about a living Christ.
The message to the doubters in Corinth is the same to the doubters of today: “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep…” When Christ will come again the resurrection will be also for those who belong to him.
To those who consider that he was a failure because he did not have an earthly kingdom, let it be known that he is still empowered to destroy “all dominion, authority and power” before handing the kingdom to his Father. And the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death itself. “Death be not proud, for one day you too shall die!”
The Risen Lord Jesus Christ reigns “until he has put all his enemies under his feet,” because the Father “has put everything under his feet.”
Let us continue to celebrate the Risen Lord with joy and in anticipation that we will enjoy eternity with him.
Easter Monday prayer: Lord Jesus Christ thank you for the sacrifice you made which has given us new life and the assurance of eternity. Amen!
Have a blessed Easter Monday! Peace be with you! Happy Easter Monday! The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Rev Babila Fochang.