The Resurrection of Christ: A Reason to Celebrate
by Bishop Darrell Hines, Christian Faith Fellowship Church
The single most eventful day in history is the day Jesus rose from the dead. In His rising He overthrew the kingdom of Satan, gave gifts to mankind, and ascended to the right hand of God, where He presently dwells.
His death empowers all creation to live an abundant life; the condition is, however, that we accept Him as Lord. (Ephesians 4:7-10, Hebrews 12:12, John 10:10)
Traditionally, Easter is a Christian holiday, which celebrates the resurrection or ascension of Christ. Customs, such as the Easter bunny and the Easter egg hunt, have become part of the holiday’s modern celebrations observed by Christians and non-Christians alike.
But the bunny and the egg are not the true cause for celebration. Easter, or what many evangelical believers commonly refer to as Resurrection Sunday, is the day we celebrate the ascent of Jesus from the dead, which for the believer, is the privilege of life everlasting.
Each year the date that Resurrection Sunday falls on changes. The calendar celebration of Christ’s ascension may be in early or late April, but no matter when we commemorate the day, the power remains in the celebration of it.
The proclamation of Christ’s ascension is throughout the four Gospels. By an angel in Matthew 28:6: “He is not here: for He is risen!” and in Mark 16:6:
“Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.” In Luke 24:46-48, the risen Christ told His Disciples: “This is what is written:
The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in My name to all nations.
You are witnesses of these things.” In John’s account of the Resurrection, Jesus declares: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6). I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25-26).
Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are the perfect propitiation and selfless sacrifice for our sins. Because of His remuneration, mankind is granted the opportunity for new life through forgiveness of sin. In exchange for our
confession and belief that Jesus died and rose from the dead we are given the opportunity to receive life more abundantly on earth, and eternal life in Heaven!
On Sunday April 24th, we will commemorate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (as a church) as we have for the more than 20 years of Christian Faith Fellowship Church’s existence.
From the Midwest Express Center, where our guests have included Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and CeCe Winans to our own sanctuary at 8605 W. Good Hope Road, every celebration had been a jubilation and adoration for a living Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
This year Resurrection Sunday falls on my birthday which will make the celebration that much more jubilant!