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  • Writer's pictureDr Dagbue

Moving Forward in Faith: Lessons from the Easter Story


Early morning sunrise highlighting three crosses with the caption lessons from the Easter story.

Easter is a beacon of celebration and introspection for Christians across the globe, marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This pivotal event in Christianity is not merely a triumph over sin and death but also a beacon of encouragement to persist in faith through trials and tribulations. This post looks at the profound lessons the Easter story imparts, encouraging us to entrust our lives to God's sovereign plan.


The Significance of Easter

Easter centers on commemorating Jesus Christ's resurrection, aligning with the Passover. The term "Easter" originates from Eastre, a Saxon goddess linked to fertility, hence the traditions of egg-giving and rabbits as fertility symbols.

Though these customs stem from pagan roots, they've been repurposed by missionaries to spread Christianity, akin to Paul's strategy with the Athenians. He used their altar "TO AN UNKNOWN GOD" as a starting point to introduce the Gospel, as recorded in Acts 17:22-23 (NIV): "Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: 'People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.'"

As Christians, we can similarly seize these moments to share our faith, utilizing Easter as a platform to minister and evangelize, embodying the essence of the holiday.


Lessons from the Easter Story

The Bible's resurrection accounts affirm it occurred on the week's first day. The narrative in Mark 16:1-4 (NIV) recounts, "When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, 'Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?' But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away."

This mirrors the formidable challenges we encounter, where situations seem insurmountable. Yet, as the women found, God is able to remove obstacles in unexpected ways.

Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) offers further encouragement: "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." This passage motivates us to persevere in serving the Lord, despite our surroundings' uncertainty. The women's commitment to serve Jesus, amidst their grief and confusion, exemplifies unwavering faith and devotion.


Moving Forward in Faith

The rolled-away stone symbolizes the removal of barriers for those anchored in God's Word, urging us to advance in faith. The Easter story instils confidence in God's unwavering support through adversities, guiding us to unseen opportunities.

As we commemorate Easter, let's embrace the resurrection's empowering message of hope and renewal. Trusting in God's promises, we are inspired to forge ahead in faith, assured of His omnipotence in navigating us through life's hurdles.

Adding depth to our reflection, Romans 8:11 (NIV) states, "And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you." This verse reaffirms the resurrection's power, not just as a historical event but as a present reality that empowers and rejuvenates our very existence.


The Power of Resurrection Today

The resurrection of Jesus is a testament to God's might and His plan for humanity's redemption. It signifies that no situation, no matter how dire, is beyond His transformative power. Just as Jesus was raised from the dead, we too are called to a new life of freedom and victory over sin.

This Easter, let us recommit ourselves to living in the light of the resurrection, allowing it to shape our daily lives and actions. Let it remind us that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us, as stated in Romans 8:37 (NIV): "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."

Conclusion

The Easter story is a beacon of hope, teaching us to trust in God's overarching plan and to walk in faith, even when faced with insurmountable challenges. By internalizing the resurrection's teachings, we draw strength to overcome obstacles and embrace the hope found in a life anchored in faith. As we celebrate Easter, let it be a time of renewal and a reaffirmation of our trust in God's unfailing promises.

Let the essence of Easter inspire you to lean on God's assurances, knowing that He will pave the way for you, just as He did when rolling away the stone from the tomb.

We welcome your thoughts and personal reflections on this post. Sharing your experiences in the comments section below not only enriches our collective journey but also strengthens our bond as a community of faith.


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