Editorial

Missing the message

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/3/2021 1:15:23 PM IST

 After observing Good Friday with prayer and fasting, Christians the world over celebrate Resurrection of Christ on Sunday as victory over death. For Christians across the world, both crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ are central to their beliefs. Through crucifixion, Christ paid the ultimate price to show the love of God for His creation. On the other hand, resurrection bestowed victory over death and cements the core belief of life after death. It may be noted that the resurrection of Christ on the third day has also become known as ‘Easter Sunday’. The word ‘Easter’ inadvertently crept in during English translation of the Bible when the King James Version (old) chose to translate Acts 12:4 by describing the Jewish Passover as Easter. The book of Acts was originally written in the Greek language by the Christian Gentile and physician Luke. The Greek word that the King James Version translates as “Easter” is most certainly not the name “Easter,” it is actually the word “Pascha” (Hebrew: Pesach) which means “Passover” - and this is how all accurate translations show it. Since then it continues to be used despite the word ‘Easter’ no longer appearing in later translations but replaced by the word ‘Passover’. It is certainly also not about ‘Easter eggs’ or ‘Easter bunny’ which are distributed during ‘Easter Sunday’ services in many churches. The appropriate term for the third day of crucifixion should be ‘Resurrection Sunday’ instead of Easter Sunday. If Christ had not resurrected on the third day after His crucifixion on Friday, Christians would be hopeless and still searching for redemption from sins! According to Apostle Paul: “if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty” (1 Corinthians 15:14). Resurrection was not a “coming back” from the dead. It was a going beyond death. It was not a coming back to mortal existence (as was true for Lazarus). It was nothing less than Jesus’ entrance into the life of God. For Christians, resurrection of Christ is a sign of victory and forms the very basis of the Gospel message. Christ’s resurrection meant He overcame His dead body and was transformed back to life. Resurrection was not a “coming back” from the dead. It was a going beyond death. It was not a coming back to mortal existence (as was true for Lazarus). It was nothing less than Jesus’ entrance into the life of God. Christians believe that the risen Christ can never die as He entered into an entirely new kind of existence: an immortal existence that robbed the grave of its victim, not temporarily, but eternally. Both crucifixion and resurrection took place to fulfil God’s promise of a saviour who would reconcile both the Creator and His creation. It was a promise bound in heavenly love which forgave those who repented. Merely celebrating resurrection has little meaning if those who claim to be adherents of the faith fail to fathom what price was paid at the Cross. Much of the ills afflicting society today comes from unrepentant hearts as people think they can manipulate God like they manipulate people and their system. If there is absence of morality or no fear of God, it is because people’s consciences have been dulled by compromises they make to achieve their goal. It is a source for widespread corruption, violence and injustice all around.

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