Sunday April 16, 2006
By Rev. Wilfred Leeroy Kabs-Kanu
Christianity would not have meant anything to you or me if Christ had not resurrected. If Christ had remained in the grave, our faith would have been a worthless exercise. But as we celebrate Easter once again, we thank God  for his profound goodness which is again manifested in the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
The  Apostle Paul , in one of his most important teachings was apt when he said : “”Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from  the dead, how do some  among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no  resurrection of the dead,then Christ is not risen.  And if Christ is not risen,  then our preaching is vain and your faith is also vain… For if the dead  do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in  your  sins! Then   also those who   have   fallen asleep  in  Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ,  we are of all men the most pitiable.  But now  Christ is risen  from the dead,  and has become  the firstfruits of  those who have fallen  asleep.  [1 Corinthians 15:12-20]. The resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ showed that God was with him and was willing to fulfill his promise to redeem us through the sacrifices of Jesus Christ. And in this lies our hope and the strength and credibility of our faith : That if we have faith in Jesus Christ and die in the Lord, we shall live again. Death will have no power over us  “And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us  up by His  power.”  [1 Corinthians  6:14].   This is clear demonstration of the fact that we are not serving a mediocre God. Rather, we are serving a God who is and will forver be the only power and  the only supreme being in this world and the world after. But ther is even more.
By the same power and grace that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead, so is he going to raise us from the dead that we will be with him in eternity and enjoy life with him forever. Therefore you can see how significant Easter is to us, Christians,  and to everyone else in the world.
The resurrection had been prophesied thousands of years before the coming of Christ :”I will ransom  them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will  be your destruction!  Pity is  hidden from My eyes.”  [Hosea
13:14].   This is the miraculous power of the God we serve. And at EASTER we celebrate the fulfillment of this promise by God , who is always faithful .
Jesus Christ died on the cross  as a ransom for our sins. He gave his life for us so that our sin will be forgiven and so that sin shall have no more power over us. And God raised him from the dead to give us power over death and the grave, and the joy of life in eternal bliss with the Lord.   “But if the Spirit  of Him who raised Jesus  from the dead dwells in  you, He who raised Christ  from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies  through His Spirit  who dwells in you.” [Romans 8:11].
As we celebrate Easter, give your salvation thoughtful attention. Provision has already been made for your salvation.You do not have to pay a cent for it.  Just believe in Jesus Christ and the sacrifice on the cross and you will saved by the God who never lies and eternal life will be your’s forever. Sin and death shall have no dominion over you anymore .


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