SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2012.
EASTER MESSAGES TO THE NATION: THE RESURRECTION POWER
‘Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb? But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled away’ Mk. 16v2-4.
THE women — Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of James and Salome purchased the spices on Saturday evening after the Sabbath had ended so they could go to the tomb early the next morning and anoint Jesus’ body as a sign of love, devotion, and respect. Bringing spices to the tomb was like bringing flowers to grave today.
These women faced two overwhelming problems: as they set out to honour Jesus’ body. That of Roman guards – Pilate replied, take guards and secure it the best way you can and so they posted guards to protect it. For the leading priests and Pharisees had reasoned: ‘…this will prevent His disciples from coming and stealing His body and then telling everyone He was raised from the dead. If that happens, we will be worse off than we were at first’ Mtt. 27v64.
Again that of the huge rock used in the tomb’s door way – ‘…then a rolled stone was used in front of the entrance to seal it…’ Mk.15v46(b). You can see these impossible obstacles stood in the way of the women that came to the grave at this Easter morning.
So, what did these women expect to accomplish that early Sunday morning? Urged by love and gratitude, they walked on – even as they pondered the same question aloud.
The church’s mission – to send the gospel to the entire world – is fraught with overwhelming obstacles. Any one of them appears devastating. Against human stubbornness, disease, danger, terrorism, loneliness, sin, greed, and even church strife and corruption. What can a few missionaries hope to accomplish? Yet like these solitary women, we go out with love and gratitude for Jesus and leave the big obstacles to God.
People of God, on this Easter morning, may I announce to you child of God, by the power of Christ’s resurrection: every Satanic guard sent to stand against your life with the hope of stifling you, your future and wellbeing shall be made powerless, it shall go into deep slumber, in the name of Jesus, Amen. Of course, Satan and his cohorts are standing in vain. The scripture was right: ‘when they gather and their gathering is not of thee, in seven directions, you shall scatter them.’ Isaiah 54v1.5
Also, every stone rolled by the evil one to cover your star, your gifting, any veil to hinder God’s time of visitation and prevent you from manifesting, shall be made powerless in the name of Jesus! Amen. The resurrection power shall draw you and every covering let loose. The power of God is at work; your time of visitation, announcement and season of joy is at hand. No more sorrow, no more weeping to you as an individual, to us as a nation, Jesus is risen indeed and the power of resurrection shall enable us to overcome all obstacles of life.
In vain they sealed the tomb; in vain the soldiers guard the tomb, for the Son of God is alive and victorious. Therefore, as we celebrate this year’s Easter, may we be filled with the resurrection power, and may He who brought back the great shepherd of the sheep from the dead move us to the next level to the glory of God the father.
Jesus is risen, He is risen indeed. Alleluia!Ven. Ernest Onuoha Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.