BY THE RT. REV’D. LAISH BOYD, BISHOP OF THE ANGLICAN
DIOCESE OF THE BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
Another Easter is here. It is an occasion of joy and peace for those of us who believe in the risen Saviour. For some who do not believe, it may be just another holiday time or just another celebration. For some who are struggling with their faith, it may be a time of mixed thoughts and emotions.
The joy of Easter is real because God is real, alive in the world and in our lives. It is the power that Christians have experienced and have proven through the ages. This is why the Church is still living and growing despite all odds, despite challenges, threats and human failings. The one “Solitary Life”, that is, the life of Jesus, has made a difference, and is still making that difference every day through the actions and behavior of ordinary Christian men, women, boys and girls.
The joy of Easter is real when Christians live the Christian message, thereby making the gospel as active as it can be.
The stone rolled away, the empty tomb, the folded linens, the sketchy details about Jesus having arisen, are all events which are more than simple events: they are telling signs of the work of God among frail human beings. They prove what God is prepared to do for us. They demonstrate how far God is prepared to go for our sakes:
(1) John writes: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
(2) Paul writes: “God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).
(3) Mark records: “And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here: behold the place where they laid Him.” (Mark 16:4-6)
It is my prayer that the full impact of the angel’s words to the women would take root in your heart and transform your life. I also pray that, having been touched, you would touch someone in the name of the risen Christ.
The Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands wishes one and all a Happy Easter.