We Will Rise Again


We Will Rise Again

The Story of Mary, Martha, Lazarus and Jesus has significant meaning on a global scale in the light of today's Easter celebrations vis-a-vis the tragedies of COVID19. Christians believe death is not the finale of the drama of life. Daily they recite, "I believe in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come." The tragedy of death in this world never leaves Christians in despair. Their hope is vested in the eternal home in heaven built by the hands of God himself (2Cor.5:1-5). Christians believe in an irreversible transcendence because their hope is in God and the risen Christ.

While we celebrate, the risen Christ families across the globe embody the posture of Mary, Martha, the disciples and holy women of Jerusalem at the tomb of Christ. The vale of tears is continuous. Lamentations, requiems abound, but not without hope. The architects of death are still at work. They are still selling their brothers and sisters for silver and gold pieces. Nevertheless, this tragedy will not end in death for those who live, move and live in Christ. Baptised into Christ Jesus, the same spirit who raised Christ from the dead will give life our mortal bodies at the appointed time (Rom.8:11).

Indeed, in the words of Henry Francis Lyte, the author of "Abide with Me", "ill have no weight, and tears no bitterness." Why? Because Christ broke death's sting when he rose from the tomb. Death, for now, is only a necessary absolute towards the inheritance of eternal life in Christ. Do not let COVID 19 erode our faith and hope in God. Do not let the connivance of evil men and women obstruct our hope in Christ. They may kill our bodies. They cannot destroy our souls. Christ has through his resurrection, modelled for us what lies in store for those whose faith is in the Lord. "Anyone who believes in me will not perish but have everlasting life (Jn.3:16)."

Lord, I believe I will die but rise again with you in glory. Alleluia!

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