Col 3:2,3 “Let your thoughts be on heavenly things not on the things that are on the earth…your life has been hidden with Christ in God.”
Today, we celebrate the GREATEST mystery of our Christian faith: JESUS CHRIST IN ALIVE! He truly died, he was not resuscitated, he rose from death and death no longer has any power over him. There are some things Easter should mean to you as a Christian:
#1 REUNION WITH GOD: Through Adam’s disobedience, humanity was separated from God’s love. We all have a brokenness that prevents us from doing good even if we wanted to. Through the resurrection of Christ, we have received grace in baptism to be introduced into the life of God (Rom 8:1; Jn 14:23).
#2 FREEDOM FROM SIN: By our sins, we incur spiritual death. This death is eternal separation from God who is the source of eternal life (Jn 14:6). Through his death and resurrection, Jesus frees you from sin and makes you an heir to God’s kingdom (Jn 1:12; 3:16).
#3 FREEDOM FROM FEAR: A child enjoys rights and privileges in his home but a slave is ruled by fear. Through our sins, we have lost the courage to call God our Father. This right is restored to you when you accept Christ as Lord of your life and reject the devil (Rom 8:15,16).
#4 CHANGE OF MENTALITY: In baptism, we are united with Christ in his death and resurrection from where be begin a process of transformation. In Christ, we are transformed and renewed in our minds and heart so that we know and love God above all things. In your transformation, you begin to see others as created in God’s image, and to do everything from a pure love of God.
#5 CHANGE OF LIFESTYLE: For the baptised Christian, his or her life and faith are one and the same. Every moral or civil action you perform is burdened with responsibility. A sign that you have become truly Christian is that you weigh your actions in line with your faith in Christ and won’t act unless you have prayed. Through your actions, people should be able to tell that you are truly Christ-like.
#6 GRACE TO LOVE: Through the power of the resurrection, we are strengthened to love even our enemies. Christ’s resurrection fills our heart with so much grace that we see people first as subjects to be loved and not objects to use.
#7 GRACE TO FORGIVE: A big lesson from Christ’s death and resurrection is his spirit of forgiveness, even for those who killed him. Forgiveness will transform our society if we acknowledge that everyone deserves another chance.
Prayer: Lord, bring us to a deeper realisation of your love for us and our need to love others in the same way.
Today’s Readings: Acts 10:34,37-43; Ps 117:1-216-17,22-23; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9