Halleluiah! Praise the Lord!
When Jesus was arrested and put to death on the cross, those who hoped and believed in him felt lost and defeated. But in a couple of days their sorrow was turned into joy and defeat was swallowed up in victory. Today, we rejoice because our faith in Christ has been vindicated, truth has triumphed over falsity (Matthew 28:11-15), justice over injustice and tragedy has turned into comedy.
Jesus was not just a dead man who had come back again to live the life he had lived before. He came back to a new kind of life, one that is beyond our ability to comprehend and yet very real. He could be seen and touched (Luke 24:39-40), he could eat food
with his disciples (John 21:12-14), he could move from one place to another (Luke 24:13-29), walls and locked doors could not keep him in or out and those who saw him reported he even looked different (John 20:19). Yet when they saw him they knew it was no one else but the Lord.
Jesus overcame the power of evil and death in his resurrection. This does not mean evil and death no longer exist in the world. But it tells us that evil and death will not overcome us. Suffering and death are not the final outcome. They cannot ultimately defeat us if we share Christ’s life. Today we celebrate Jesus’ victory and our own. “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad.”
Easter is about the victory of Christ over death. The essential paradox of Christianity is not precisely that Christ died and rose again; rather the exact paradox is that only after the disgraceful death of Jesus, did God raise him to glory. This is the principle and source of our future generation. This risen Christ is our strength and this risen Christ lives in our hearts as his faithful. In him we are able to see the picture of our future when we shall rise with him.
His resurrection has proved that truth is immortal. No one can suppress Truth. Truth will always rise in the midst of lies, intimidation and torture. People of Jesus’ time tried to suppress him and condemned the message he had come to deliver to humanity. He was brutally murdered to put an end to his message but today, that message has sailed throughout the various lands and languages. The message for us as we celebrate this glorious and victorious festival is “Never give up even when the enemies seem winning. Today, Christ has won and in Christ we too shall overcome.