Easter: Celebrating a defin­ing mo­ment

The Manica Post - - Faith/health - Pas­tor Joseph Dh­lakama

THERE are events that took place in afore times which shifted the course of the hu­man race in all imag­in­able ways. The great­est of th­ese events are the pop­u­larly cel­e­brated “Christ­mas” and “Easter”.

Christ­mas re­mem­bers the birth of Je­sus Christ of Nazareth while Easter is a com­mem­o­ra­tion of His death, burial and res­ur­rec­tion. In this very week the whole world, Chris­tians and some none Chris­tians gather in var­i­ous set­tings and cer­e­monies to re­flect and to cel­e­brate the death that meant more than any other deaths and this is the death of Je­sus Christ.

Sev­eral peo­ple have ques­tioned the ac­cu­racy of the dates for this cel­e­bra­tion but sev­eral the­olo­gians to­gether with my­self have said, it is one thing to doubt the ac­cu­racy of the dates when the event re­ally oc­curred as to doubt whether the event it­self ever hap­pened or not.

There­fore, since the un­de­ni­ably ac­cepted and proven fact is that Je­sus Christ lived on earth, then died the death by cru­ci­fix­ion and was buried then rose again af­ter three days, we can not worry on the ac­cu­racy of the date but rather fo­cus on celebrating the fact that He died and rose. In­stead we take time to cher­ish the sac­ri­fice and the work done for us through Christ’s death burial and res­ur­rec­tion.

Easter is also called Orig­i­nally, the He­brew word Pasach re­ferred to the Passover feast men­tioned in Ex­o­dus 12 that was cel­e­brated dur­ing the same week Je­sus was cru­ci­fied.

This is the rea­son why some peo­ple also call Easter Passover, it all stems from the Ex­o­dus 12 event which was sym­bolic to the ac­tual death of Je­sus which would later take place in the New Tes­ta­ment. Let us briefly look at what hap­pened at the Passover feast in Ex­o­dus 12 and then try to equate it to the death of Je­sus in the New Tes­ta­ment.

In Ex­o­dus 12, the Passover was to be­gin with the peo­ple choos­ing a lamp from their flock which they would kill. Then they were sup­posed to sprin­kle the blood on their door posts as they ate the meat in­doors. This act would help to spare them from the death plague that was go­ing to come over Egypt that night.

This night’s event would be a defin­ing mo­ment for Is­rael be­cause then Pharaoh would re­lease them from the four-hun­dred-and-thirty-year slav­ery. In like man­ner Easter is a cel­e­bra­tion of a defin­ing mo­ment.

Je­sus in John 1:29 is called the lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world. The death of Je­sus Christ on the cross pro­vided a way for hu­man­ity to es­cape from the bondage of sin and the devil and have an­other chance to be re­united with God their maker.

Je­sus’ death burial and res­ur­rec­tion ush­ered in a new era for the hu­man race. It is on th­ese events that the Chris­tian faith is hinged and the great apos­tle Paul writes that if it were not of th­ese, then the hope and the faith of Chris­tians was fu­tile and in vain. The devil lost his power over God’s peo­ple be­cause of th­ese events that is why it is a defin­ing mo­ment. Hu­man­ity had hope again for a good life and for eter­nal life by this, that is the rea­son why it was a defin­ing mo­ment. Ul­ti­mately by the death burial and res­ur­rec­tion of Je­sus we can now re­late with God and have fel­low­ship with Him as our fa­ther!

What else would one ask for? Je­sus is the great­est gift and His death is the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice, His res­ur­rec­tion the great­est mir­a­cle, all this done for us and all we need to do is to be­lieve in Him.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, so that who so­ever be­lieves in Him will never per­ish but have eter­nal life.

As we cel­e­brate Easter let us be re­minded of its essence and let us ac­cept the great work and sac­ri­fice that Je­sus Christ has done for us.

God bless you.

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