2014 Easter Message
by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP

18 April 2014.


As a Believer in Christ, I commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of my Lord. Good Friday and Easter Sunday are the centre of the Christian calendar.


This is not just a long weekend or a time to indulge in chocolate. It is a commemoration of the pinnacle moment in history when the light of salvation overcame the darkness of a fallen world. That light can never be extinguished.


Before his arrest and crucifixion, Christ prayed impassioned prayers for Himself, for His disciples and for all believers. The gospels record that, as He prayed, droplets of blood appeared like sweat on His brow. This medical phenomenon speaks of deep distress and anguish.


Faced with His imminent death on a cross, Christ prayed these words, "Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them, and that I myself may be in them."


More than 2000 years later, that prayer is still being actively fulfilled. This Easter, may Christ make Himself known to many, so that His love might abide is us all.


We thank God that the torment of remembering the cross is relieved by the joy of the resurrection. The time of reflection is quickly followed by a time of celebration. For Christ is risen; He is alive. He is seated at the right hand of God the Father, and He intercedes on our behalf continually.


History records that at the moment of His death, the thick leather curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. God Himself made a way for communion between Creator and created. May we understand the tremendous gift He has given us.


On behalf of my family and the IFP, I wish every Believer a blessed Easter.