The tomb where Jesus lay was sealed with a huge stone and the Roman guards guarded it with their life. That sealed the hopes and dreams of the disciples of Jesus who mourned the loss of their Master and friend. In their grief and agony, the apostles did not remember or understand the promise Jesus made to them that, in order for the dawn of new life to begin, the night of His death and suffering must come.
Jesus had told his disciples, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and He must be killed, and on the third day be raised to life"(Luke 9:22). The third day sealed the power of darkness and Jesus rose from the dead in all glory and power, and the stone tomb became the womb of the new creation. The apostles had an encounter with their resurrected Lord on many occasions and they were filled with the new power of the Holy Spirit; so much that they returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple, blessing God (Luke 24:53).
Dear friends, sometimes in our lives we are faced with loneliness, dejection, disappointments, and discouragements. Just like the apostles, we may fail to understand the power of our Lord and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In such times, we are encouraged to believe that the same Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead will give us a grace filled and renewed life in our difficult situations. All we need to do is, surrender ourselves to Jesus and let Him transform our lives. For His power to work in our lives, we need to renounce our sins, and in faith, receive Him as our Saviour. Without a belief in the resurrection there can be no personal salvation. “If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved” (Romans. 10:9).
This Easter, let us ask Jesus to fill us with a new anointing – to die to ourselves and the world, and live as new creation in Him. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). His grace is more than sufficient to triumph over the world, the flesh, and the devil. May our Lord Jesus fill our families with joy and peace and enable us to lead a life pleasing to Him.
Fr. Soji Olikkal
Priest in Charge