After a hectic Praise,Prayer and Worship “Love On The Cross” celebration, and spending an extra two hours counselling and encouraging people, I got home a little late with our Guest Preacher. On our way, one radio station was interviewing someone about the relevance of Easter. The man argued that, there’s no “prove” of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
(I will leave this debate for another day)
Unbelievers scoff at the resurrection. Theologians debate the empty tomb. No one can “prove” Easter. But one thing is clear: the first Easter transformed a bunch of fearful, confused and uneducated disciples into joyful witnesses of the risen Christ. It was their experience of Jesus, as The Christ that changed them into bold and fearless proclaimers of the gospel ( Good News) in the face of persecution, rejection and betrayal. The world is still a mess. Natural disasters in some parts of Africa. Diseases, hunger and political instability. Suffering has not ended, infant and maternal mortality still high. Tribal and chieftaincy conflicts are still raging. We inflict pain on one another as individuals, tribes, ethnic groups or political parties. But the risen Christ invites us to stand close to those who suffer.
“Put your finger here; see my hands”. John 20:27
Many people think avoiding suffering brings happiness; but God stands with the broken hearted. When we stand with those suffering, we encounter the God of mercy. Easter compels us to seek others wherever they are suffering, especially those being persecuted for the sake of the gospel. People must understand that, we share one planet, and no single individual, group, tribe or nation has an exclusive right to the world, and our survival depends on one another, and are able to ease pains and sufferings of others. “Life is not about keeping track of our advancement, achievements and successes in virtue; it’s about keeping our eyes fixed on Christ, the author and finisher of our faith”. It’s about inviting us to drop our defenses and self righteousness and turn a new way of loving. “When love holds the scale, there will be no need to measure, compare, mete out justice.
None of us deserve what God is always giving. His grace and mercy found us. It was His Love for us that took Him to the cross. Let that love be shared during this Easter season.
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.