Easter defin­ing mo­ment of Chris­tian­ity

The Manica Post - - Health / Faith - Evan­ge­list Peter Madondo

AS THE world an­tic­i­pates the Easter hol­i­days, it is only noble to have an in­tro­spect on the cir­cum­stances en­tailed to the Holy hol­i­days. God from the cre­ation of the World had crafted the eter­nal plan of sal­va­tion.

The plan had to come through his beloved son Je­sus Christ re­gard­less of the ex­cru­ci­at­ing pains that were hinged to the ac­com­plish­ment of the great plan.

Isa­iah 53 : 5 " But he was pieced for our in­iq­ui­ties, the pun­ish­ment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed" This is the cog of Chris­tian­ity and ev­ery­thing we cel­e­brate about Easter comes from this back­ground. It is im­per­a­tive for ev­ery- one who sub­scribes to the Lord­ship of Je­sus to be con­scious about this un­der­stand­ing and thus act in har­mony with the thrust of Je­sus

The gospel sim­ply in­ter­preted as the birth, death, burial and res­ur­rec­tion of Je­sus will never be com­pletely cher­ished with­out com­mem­o­ra­tion the later part of the def­i­ni­tion. The death, burial and res­ur­rec­tion which dealt the fi­nal blow to the devil who had rig­or­ously taken the war against the seed of the woman to un­prece­dented lev­els.

It is the vic­tory of Je­sus over death that de­throned the eter­nal en­emy of mankind Je­sus. De­spite the fact that the devil en­joyed a hi­lar­i­ous two days when Je­sus was in the grave all the joy was brought to an abrupt halt upon his con­quer­ing of the st­ing of death by ris­ing on the third day.

It is this unique­ness that Je­sus rose from the dead that today over a bil­lion peo­ple across the world are go­ing to be cel­e­brat­ing this hol­i­day dubbed the Easter. It is not a sur­prise that mul­ti­tudes will en­joy the hol­i­day that is sup­posed to be holy and spir­i­tual. Acts 2:22 re­it­er­ates that the Je­sus whom you cru­ci­fied God made him vic­to­ri­ous and made him Lord and King.

It is this vic­tory that Chris­tian­ity is de­fined for we see the first thou­sands of peo­ple ac­cept­ing Je­sus and be­ing bap­tised and brought to life the gi­gan­tic move­ment called Chris­tian­ity.

I will surely then be for­given if I em­pha­sise that Easter (The death, burial and res­ur­rec­tion of Je­sus) de­fines Chris­tian­ity. With­out the com­bi­na­tion of the afore high­lighted as­pects then Chris­tian­ity is fu­tile.

As we all get geared and plan for the grand hol­i­day, it is my plea to all and sundry that please spare a thought for the Mes­siah. As we plan to go gal­li­vant­ing over the hol­i­days let us do so with full re­spon­si­bil­ity, fully know­ing that the hol­i­days came to be with unimag­in­able pains that the Lord Je­sus en­dured.

Let Easter be a time to re­flect, re­think and re­align our lives with Je­sus. As some shall be march­ing in the streets bear­ing crosses, let us not just view the cross as a piece of wood or metal but as the epit­ome of our sal­va­tion. There was enor­mous hu­mil­i­a­tion, dis­grace and de­spise but all that was a price for your free­dom and mine.

Let us get spir­i­tual and a gen­er­a­tion that God will take pride in.

It is my hum­ble prayer that all those who shall be trav­el­ling will en­sure there is no blood bath on our roads.

Happy EASTER

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