Easter Brings Hope to Fijians

We are a few days away from Easter. This is an important event in the Christian calendar, where the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is commemorated. The Bible tells
20 Mar 2016 12:54
Easter Brings Hope to Fijians
Christians around the world celebrate Easter to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We are a few days away from Easter. This is an important event in the Christian calendar, where the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is commemorated.

The Bible tells us that in the beginning, man fell short of the glory of God, after Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. They disobeyed God’s instruction and ate the forbidden fruit.

As for their disobedience they were driven out of Eden and made to suffer.

Mankind suffered this fate for many centuries and there was no sign of hope.

However, despite mankind’s sinful nature, God still loved them very much, as they were created in His image. For His great love to unfold, God gave His only son Jesus Christ, who came to live among mankind.

While on earth, Jesus preached the Kingdom of God, prayed for the sick and fulfilled His Father’s will. Because of sin, religious leaders and Roman officials at that time saw Jesus as a threat, so this led to His arrest where He was questioned, beaten up, tortured and later crucified on the cross.

While this was done, they failed to realise that this was God’s great plan of redeeming mankind. The shedding of Jesus’ precious blood washed away our sins and also signifies God’s nature of forgiveness that brings us hope.

For the past weeks, we’ve gone through trying times after we were struck by Tropical Cyclone Winston- the strongest cyclone ever to hit the Pacific region. Those who were badly affected are still trying to come to terms of what had happened. Many have moved to other parts of the country as they want to escape the trauma of the cyclone or to to rebuild their shattered lives. Some have simply lost hope.

In respect of their faith, the significance of Easter should at least bring them comfort in this time of need. These important lessons are

n When mankind was lost into sin after the episode in the Garden of Eden, God always had them in mind. He remembered them, despite the hopeless situation they were in. From there He mapped a way out for them. The same could be said for those who are struggling to rebuild their lives after the cyclone- God has not forgotten them and He has a bigger and better plan for them, if only they seek for His direction.

n Another important lesson is the need to forgive and move on. At times like this it’s hard to make everyone happy. Our Government relief workers are working extremely hard spending countless hours to make things happen and at the same they tend to make mistakes as well. No amount of complains is going to make things right and with the spirit of Easter, the need to forgive and move on is the best way to go.

n Be victorious! This is what Easter is all about. Jesus’ resurrection means victory over death where the forces of evil are weakened. To adopt that victorious attitude will bring us progress and it leaves no room for other destabilising factors to slow us.

As we begin our countdown, it’s important that we start to ponder on these important factors as this will bring us a more meaningful and blessed Easter.

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