The Bishop’s Easter Message 2013
He is not here; he has risen! – Luke 24:6
Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Lord,
Even as this message is being prepared, we, as Malaysians are facing much uncertainty. The conflict between our armed forces and the Sulu terrorists continues into the third week with no peaceful resolution in sight. The date of the 13th General Election is yet to be determined as our federal government still waits for the opportune time to dissolve the parliament.
In the face of these uncertainties, we probably can understand the emotions of the disciples as they huddled together in a small room the day after the crucifixion. They were concerned for their future. No doubt, Good Friday enabled them to know a God who understands their fears and anxieties. Yet, the disciples (and us) need a certain hope, a certain destiny. Hence, “He has risen!
Easter Sunday is the bedrock of the Christian faith. The resurrection of Jesus reminds us that not only does God reach into the deep trenches of human pain, but also provides us the certainty of hope, peace, and a new life which has began on that first Easter. It gives meaning to our experiences as we await the final return of the risen Christ.
This is the message that we need to share with our neighbors and friends. As the angel said to the women, “Go, tell his disciples and Peter….”, let us too go and proclaim the good news of the Lord’s resurrection.
May this Easter lead you more deeply into the reality of Christ’s resurrection, and of your own.
Bishop Philip Lok
Lutheran Church in Malaysia Easter 2013