Wala siya rito, siya’y muling nabuhay! Alalahanin ninyo ang sinabi niya sa inyo noong nasa Galilea pa siya, “Ang Anak ng Tao ay kailangang ipagkanulo sa mga makasalanan at ipako sa krus, at sa ikatlong araw ay muling mabubuhay.”
Happy Easter! Can you say this to your friends and loved ones with joy and conviction this Easter Sunday?
If you are a follower of Christ, you can jump for joy and shout, “Happy Easter!” You can celebrate because on that first Easter, Jesus Christ rose from the dead! You can embrace Christianity with confidence because of Christ’s resurrection. You can persuade others to follow Jesus and take part in the life-changing work of the Kingdom of God.
Think about it: What would life be for Christ’s followers if He didn’t rise from the dead? We would remain sinners under the wrath of an angry God. We would die without any hope of heaven. Worse, we would die with the fear of eternal punishment that awaits all sinners. We would not have a message to proclaim. And nothing to live for! Kawawa naman tayo if Jesus remained dead.
But God fulfilled His plan of salvation for humankind through the death and resurrection of His only Son. Because Jesus died for our sins, we, too, died from our sins and gained God’s forgiveness through Him. Because He rose from the dead, we too can await bodily resurrection when He returns to earth to finally establish the Kingdom of God. With Him, Christians will rule the new heaven and the new earth.
Christians worship and follow the One who said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die” (John 11:25–26). Jesus then asked His disciples, “Do you believe this?”
How about you? May your response be a joyful reason to shout, “Happy Easter!”
Re-open my eyes, Lord Jesus, to the wonder of Your resurrection. Rekindle in my heart the joy of Easter. Empower me to proclaim its truth through my words and my life.
Take the time to celebrate Easter in a special way today. You can begin by searching Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” on YouTube. Play it aloud and sing together with the choir in a spirit of celebratory worship.