Posted by - Revd Panshak Panbish, April 2013

What does Easter mean to you? What does it mean to your family? What does the world know about Easter? How does it affect our lives? A proper understanding of what Easter means will not only help us celebrate it appropriately, but it will also transform our lives and affect, positively, our relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.

There is a deliberate and concerted effort by man to see that HE brings down anything that stands above HIM - anything or anybody that could tell him what to do and how to do it. As a result, man creates his own world, the kind of world that suits his inner desire to serve himself. Man creates his own values and has even made himself his own god. All this is an attempt to refuse to be under the authority of the true God who made us and the Bible calls that 'sin'. Sin is the reason why people refuse God's Son Jesus as Lord and Christ.

Easter is a celebration of the victory of Jesus over sin and death and the declaration of His Lordship over the whole earth. This, in fact, is the heart of our Christian message.

Anything less than that is not Easter. Acts 2:36 says,

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

The Apostle Peter puts it very clear that God has made Jesus both Lord and Messiah (Christ), that is the divine rescuing King for mankind whom God promised to send in the Old Testament. This does not suggest that it was after his death and resurrection that he was made Lord, but rather that His resurrection is only a declaration to the world of what he already was, is and will be forever.

In Nigeria, Easter is a major event for the Church. It is a time when there is so much emphasis on the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is one of those times where I know we record a large number of people coming to real Christian faith.

So whenever we celebrate Easter, we are declaring to the world that Jesus Christ is Lord over our lives, Lord of His Church and Lord over all the earth.

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