Scripture Reading: John 20:1-9
Beloved in Christ, Happy Easter Sunday. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says, “The resurrection is the greatest of God’s mighty acts in history, mysterious beyond all imagining, it is also a real event attested by trustworthy witnesses who in turn became messengers of this Good News before the world.” On Good Friday, Satan thought it was over for Jesus and the redemption of man, but on this day Jesus won the victory for human’s redemption. A.W. Tozer, says, “If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.”
Easter calls us to live the Resurrected life, the new life in Christ, the eternal life of God, the abundant life which Jesus came to give to us. A life of love, forgiveness, sacrifice, total surrender, courage and victory over sin and the fear of death. “Easter proclamation tells us that Christ is ‘the one Morning Star who never sets’. Jesus is the eternal light that shines love and peace on all humanity. We received this eternal light at baptism. We are called to live in this light and to be this light in a dark, chaotic and sinful world. We have the power to change the world starting from ourselves, families and towns.” As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus today, I pray for you and your family that Joy, peace and the glory of Easter will be a reality in your life in Jesus name. God who delivers the weak from the hands of the mighty shall deliver you. May those monitoring your movement be overwhelmed with great fear. The stone was not partially opened for Jesus to squeeze Himself out, it was rolled away. That problem will not be partially solved; it will be dealt with totally and permanently to the extent that you will be totally free, in the name of Jesus.
Acts 10:34a.37-43; Ps. 118:1-2.15c-17.22-23(R.24); 2 Col.3:1-4 or 1 Cor.5:6b-8; Accl. 1 Cor. 5:7b-8a; Gosp Jn 20:1-9 or Matt 28:1-10 or Lk 24:13-35 EASTER SUNDAY
1. Sing with us: “He is Lord (2x) He has risen from the death, He is Lord …”
2. By the power of the resurrection, Father empower me to live above sin and the fear of death.
3. Lord Jesus, cause me to bear witness to the resurrection by my life.
4. Father, I declare victory over my troubles and fears, in the name of Jesus.
5. Just as the enemy could not destroy the life and mission of Jesus, so I declare that the enemy will not be able to destroy my life and purpose, in the name of Jesus.
Exercise: Resolve to live according to the mind of Jesus.
Meditation: 1 Cor. 15:14.