The Resurrection: The Foundation of Our Faith
Easter is the most important holiday in the Christian calendar. It marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, an event that transformed the world and is the foundation of our faith. The significance of Easter cannot be overemphasised, as it is a reminder of God’s love, grace, and power to overcome death.
In 1 Corinthians 15:14, the Apostle Paul states, “And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.” This underscores the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ to the Christian faith. Without the resurrection, there would be no hope of salvation, no victory over sin and death, and no reason to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
Easter is a time for us to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross and rejoice in his victory over death. As Jesus himself said in John 11:25-26, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.” And therefore, we live because He lives, and because He lives, we live.
We are called to share this good news with others, as Jesus admonished his disciples in Matthew 28:19-20: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
During the just-ended Lent, many Christians embarked on the 40-day fast as a spiritual discipline to draw closer to God. This was a time of sacrifice, prayer, and reflection, and we should commend those who committed to this practice. May all their prayers be answered in accordance with the will of God.
As we celebrate Easter, let us thank God for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and His victory over death. Let us also be bold in sharing the good news of the Gospel with others, knowing that Jesus is with us always. And let us encourage those who fasted during Lent to share their testimonies of God’s goodness and faithfulness in their lives. May we all experience the power of the resurrection in our lives and be transformed by the love of Christ.
Written by Kow Abaka Essuman, an advocate for Jesus Christ.