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
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.