Easter is the most important Christian festival. During this time we commemorate the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter Sunday or what has come to be popularly known as resurrection Sunday is the culmination of holy week, the days preceding Good Friday. It is sad to note that there has been a tendency to lay emphasis on Christmas at the expense of Easter. As much as both events in the life of Christ are important, we easily get lost in the glory of Christmas and fail to consider the beauty and redemptive nature of the gloom of the Passion of Christ. Jesus was born to die for our sins. Christmas exists because of Easter.
The events of the holy week are recorded in all the four gospels, with Saint Mark giving a detailed and chronological sequence of the happenings of this week. Jesus spent time teaching the masses in the temple. The population in Jerusalem was slightly higher than usual since the Jews living in diaspora had traveled to the holy city for the Passover feast. The discourses and unfolding of the week were quite radical from the cursing of the fig tree, confrontation with the religious teachers to the parables on the second coming were intense. Many who listened to Him did not quite understand that he was bound to be crucified on the Cross.
Crucifixion was a cruel method of meting punishment on criminals. It was famous with the Romans during Jesus’ days. The victims were tied or nailed to a large wooden beam and left to hang for several days until eventual death from exhaustion. This was a historical method for capital punishment. It is this gruesome punishment that Jesus had to go through for our propitiation. Through His unfair hearings before the Sanhedrin, punishment, torturous journey and death on the Cross at Golgotha Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for our redemption. No other sacrifice than His could atone for our sins.
Easter reminds us of the anguish and sufferings that Jesus had to go through, for mistakes and crimes that He never committed. It retells us of His redemptive mission that He faithfully executed to the end without murmuring or complaining. This is so unlike us, we hardly keep quiet when we are made to go through suffering or when we are unfairly treated. We are too quick to grumble. It is worth noting that the Christian life is not all bliss and blessing, it has dark turns and valleys that we encounter while on this side of eternity. Through His silence and patience during the worst moment of His life, our savior model the importance of quietly and faithfully going through challenges and diligently carrying our crosses as we await for our blessed hope.
While on the cross Jesus made seven important statements that sealed our redemption; from father forgive them to it is finished! This meant that He had accomplished the task that the Father had given to Him. The price for our redemption had been paid in full. His death on the Cross sealed our freedom. Death and grave could not contain Him. He disappointed the grace. On Easter Sunday as it had been prophesied He resurrected. His resurrection secured our eternal hope. He is Risen He is no-longer in the tomb. This is the essence of Christianity: there’s hope beyond the grace. Eternity is assured for every believer!
“He was delivered up to death because of our offences, and raised for our justification”. Romans 4:25
Have a lovely Easter Sunday