Christ is Risen

To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. — Colossians 1: 27

Click here for the Bible reading: Mark 16: 1–15

Message

Let us proclaim to the world that Jesus Christ is risen and lives in us!

The feast of Easter is the highpoint of the church year. Easter is a celebration of resurrection and hope for life. This is also reflected in our Bible text: God has decided to make known to all people that which comprises the wealth of His mystery: Christ, the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1: 15) is in us, the hope of glory.

Christ shows us the way

Jesus glorified His Father by showing human beings that God is also their Father, as well as a God of love. During His days on earth Jesus proved that

  • It is possible to remain righteous in an unrighteous world.
  • It is possible to practice tolerance in an intolerant world.
  • It is possible to forgive in a world that is out for judgement, revenge, and hatred.
  • It is possible to persist in the truth in a world filled with lies.

Jesus also proclaimed that it is possible to enter into the eternal glory of God. He Himself died on the cross, resurrected from the dead, and was taken up into the glory of God.

Disappointed hopes?

The death of Jesus raised questions for His disciples.

  • Do we really have to go back to the ideas of the Pharisees, namely that God is an uncompromising judge?
  • Will evil—in other words, selfishness, avarice, lies, violence, and corruption— really triumph over good in the end after all?
  • Is all hope lost?

However, the resurrection of the Lord proved the truth of His doctrine to His disciples. After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, they proclaimed the glad tidings with great enthusiasm. Now Christ lived in them!

Proclaiming the resurrection

We have received the promise that we will be “glorified together” with Christ (Romans 8: 17). In order to experience the fulfilment of this promise, we must

  • Allow Christ to live in us by reading about His message and His activity in Scripture.
  • Keep our baptismal or confirmation vow. It is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2: 20).
  • Make the return of Christ and our entry into glory the goal of our life of faith.

The Holy Spirit also calls upon us to proclaim the glad tidings that

  • Jesus Christ lives. We meet Him in the divine services and we experience His help and love.
  • We can overcome evil with good through Christ (Romans 12: 21).
  • Christ desires all human beings to enter into the glory of God in the new creation.

* Thoughts from the Chief Apostle adapted for the Easter Sunday divine service held on 27 March 2016 at Midrand Congregation.

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