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Easter Sunday 2012

Have not heard of that madman who lit a lamp in the bright morning hours, ran to the market-place, and cried out: “I am looking for God! I am looking for God!”

As many of those who did not believe in God were standing there, they started laughing at him. “Have you lost him, then?” said one. “Did he lose his way like a child?” said another. “Or is he hiding somewhere? Is he afraid of us? Has he gone on vacations?

The madman replied: “Where has God gone? I shall tell you. We have killed him – you and I. We are his murderers “ (Friedrich Nietsche).

It has been said that on that same day the madman entered diverse churches and there he sang a requiem. And people tried to shut him up. But he still had the courage to ask: “What are these churches now if they are not the tombs and sepulchers of God?” The question of this madman, the search of this madman is justified by the events of what we call Good Friday: the passion, meaning the sufferings and the death of Jesus of Nazareth.

And man thought that God is dead. God is silent forever.  Man thought he had the power to silence God; to kill God, the creator of heaven and earth.

But our God reigns! Jesus Christ died, yes. But even more importantly, He rose again and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, as we say in the Creed.

Jesus Christ defied death FOREVER. And He has reclaimed life for all those who believe in Him.

There are three major truths that we learn from the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

  • Jesus Christ is the Son of God. In his Epistle to the Romans Paul said that Christ is the Son of God with power…by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4)
  • The resurrection tells the world that the Kingdom of God is ruled by a living King. In Revelation 1:17-18 the word of God declared: ”I am the first and the last, and the living one; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore”
  • The Lord’s resurrection previewed the ultimate victory of Christianity over all its enemies. In the book of Revelation, Jesus is portrayed as a lamb that had been slain, but was standing again (5:6). This same Lord was “the lion of the tribe of Judah” that had overcome his foes (5:5). Christians too will overcome as a result of the Lamb’s sacrifice and victory over death (Revelation 12:11).

It is the New Testament that makes God’s eternal plan for every human being clear. There is an eternal destiny; a life beyond this life. Resurrection lies ahead. And it is the resurrection of Jesus that is the final proof.  Yes, truly, Jesus’ resurrection not only declared him to be what he claimed to be, the Son of God. But is, also, the guarantee for those who believe.  The Bible reveals that because Jesus lives, believers too will live and share his destiny: “When he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1John3:2).

Easter Sunday to many people, means the Easter bunny, Easter egg hunt, a day of food and celebration. For some it is a day of obligation and they have to go to church, after which life goes on as usual. How sad that we have so quickly forgotten the true meaning of Resurrection Sunday.

Please consider today the wonder of God’s power and His love for you. God doesn’t need your praise or your service to Him; He desires it. It is not what we do for God that gets us into heaven and it is our relationship that we have with God. Therefore, let us not forget to honor and appreciate the reason for our celebration, for it is because of his self-less sacrifice that we have life. Let us live today and ALL the days of our life not for ourselves but for our Savior in mind.

The question to you this morning is this: what dreams or desires or talents have you buried that need to be raised from the dead in your life?

Just as Christ was raised from the dead, we have some dead dreams in us that need to be brought back to life. They were dreams we had years ago that over time we continued to push deeper and deeper into the grave of no hope. Our dreams could be the key to a more fulfilling life if we raise them from the dead.

Some of us need to resurrect a new attitude in life. We have to raise up a better way of looking at life.

Whatever your gifts, talents, skills or dreams are that are living in you that need to be resurrected, do it now as Jesus has made available to you the power of his resurrection!

As you leave this church today, any madman that you will meet out there, tell him that God is not dead. Show him that He is alive forever.

Let us remember the lesson of the Epistle today:

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Christ is Risen Alleluia, Alleluia!