Editor's Comment

Respect the essence of Easter

EASTER seems to mean different things to different people.
During the Easter period people engage in all sorts of things in the name of celebrating the occasion.
For some people, Easter, which comes with a long weekend, is a time to give themselves to excessive beer drinking, illicit sexual activities and theft, among other vices.
Road Transport and Safety Agency and the Police will attest that during Easter people tend to get more excited and violate road regulations resulting in more accidents, injuries and deaths.
For others, Easter is serious business and a time to cash in more, through all sorts of promotions.
When one takes a walk around shopping malls and other trading facilities, they will be greeted by posters and messages labelled ‘Easter promotions’.
And for others, Easter is time for entertainment, so they go out to have fun with friends and family.
However, this is not the meaning of Easter and, late alone, the way it should be celebrated.
Easter is an important period in the calendar of Christians. It is a period Christians remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Redeemer of mankind (1 John 1:10).
Before the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, mankind was separated from God and condemned to eternal death as a result of sin.
However, the death of Jesus Christ was the price God paid to reconcile man to Himself thereby guaranteeing eternal life for those who unite with Him in faith.
It is recorded in the New Testament books, known as the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – how the King of Kings laid down His life to be crucified for the redemption of mankind.
Through His death, Jesus Christ paid the full price for mankind’s liberation from the bondage of sin and subsequent punishment.
As such, the best way to celebrate Easter and appreciate God for what He did for mankind is to use this period to worship Him.
This is why Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili is calling on Zambians to spend their Easter weekend at church and avoid engaging in illicit activities.
Rev Sumaili is asking Zambians to pray for a breakthrough and seek the Kingdom of God through attending church meetings.
“Easter weekend is very important in our lives. This is the reason why we need to take it serious. It is time for us to be in the presence of God through attending church meetings. Let’s pray for prosperity of our nation as well as that of our families,” she said.
As rightly observed by the minister, there is need for people to understand and respect the essence of the Easter holiday.
It is sad that instead of thanking God for the sacrifice He made for mankind, many people use this period to offend Him by doing things that are contrary to His word. This is a mockery of the Gospel.
But the scripture says that God cannot be mocked, whatever a man sows, he shall also reap.
Zambians will do well to honour the essence of the Easter period.
Let this Easter be a time for deep reflection at individual, church and national levels and interrogate ourselves if we have lived up to the values of Christianity that we claim to abide by.
Let it be a time to remind ourselves of the price Jesus Christ paid for our salvation.
Easter should also be a time for those lost in sin to turn to God and find mercy.
It is also time for the beneficiaries of God’s grace to renew their commitment to sharing the good news so that many others may also benefit.
For the Church, let Easter be a time to refocus on preaching the true gospel that leads to repentance and salvation as opposed to only preaching messages of prosperity.
As a Christian nation, let this Easter be a time to reflect on whether we are living according to our declaration.
It should also be a time to interrogate ourselves if we are doing enough to inculcate Christian values in our younger generations.
Above all, let this Easter be a time to emulate and demonstrate God’s unconditional love to one another.

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