Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Canada We should all rejoice because Christ’s resurrection and the empty tomb meant His sacrificial death on the cross to redeem humanity has been accepted and that our curse of eter- nal death has been removed.
Jesus died the second death, giving all of us a choice, whether we will accept the heavenly provision of salvation or reject it and be eternally lost. The resurrection gave birth to the Christian Church and confirmed the good news (Gospel) that was first announced when mankind fell to the devil’s temptation. ( Genesis 3:15) Some years ago, I asked our lecturer at Fulton College, Pastor MacDonald, that it does not make sense to say that Jesus is the first fruit of those who are resurrected from the grave (1 Corinthians 15:20), as other humans had been raised from the dead before Christ’s resurrection. His answer blew me away that whatever doubts I had about the Christian faith melted. Before Christ died Moses and Elijah appeared at the Mount of Transfiguration to encourage Him, because their very existence in heaven depended on His sinless life, death and resurrection. Moses represented those who died and will be resurrected while Elijah was taken alive to heaven.
Christ’s resurrection has confirmed their eternity in heaven and gives us all a blessed hope. No matter what our situation is in life, when Jesus comes, those in Christ sleeping in the grave will be resurrected and those in Christ, who are alive, will both be translated for eternity. Moses, Elijah and Enoch are already in heaven and soon all who have been resurrected into a new life in Christ will be heavenly bound.
Students of Gospel High School perform their Easter crucifixion drama at their school in Suva last Thursday.