Symbolism of the Resurrection – Easter Sunday – Charles Eneh

 In Homilies

Today, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ because there was a ‘laying’ down. Jesus had to die and be laid in order to save mankind. In the book of Genesis chapter 3, after God created man and woman and put them in the garden of Eden, He commanded them to eat of every tree with the exception of the tree in the middle otherwise they would surely die. When they ate it, they did not die but were sent away from the garden. This was their punishment rather than dying but the sin they committed led to death. And so, Christ had to die to pay the price. He had to die so that when he resurrects, He would restore mankind to the place they were before the fall of man.

There are various reasons why Christ rose. We shall look at 2:

1. His resurrection shows the omnipotence of God. After the fall of man, death operated freely until the death of Christ. Psalm 90:15 says “Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble”. All God needs is an action. The resurrection of Christ is an action which restored humanity to the exalted position. The same He did for Abraham when He told him that he would become father of a multitude. The action was the giving of a son to Abraham even at his old age.

2. There are those that think God is absent but He rather allows the devil to operate. This is why when men say it is over, God takes over. It is usually at the point of impossibility that God takes over. Isaiah 46:10 says, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’” God knows the end from the beginning.

Whatever you are going through, let the resurrection of Christ give you hope, courage, and the strength never to give up on your marriage, spouse, children, business, endeavour, etc. May the power that broke the tomb and disappointed the devil help and be with you through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Click to read The Suffering Nature of Christ – Palm Sunday – Father Istifanus Sheyin

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