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

会督2013年复活节的信息

他不在这里,已经复活了!- 路24:6

主内弟兄姐妹, 当我在准备这篇信息时,我们作为马来西亚人正面对着许多的不确定,本国武装部队与苏禄恐怖份子间的冲突已持续了三周,至今还未有可见的和平解决方案;中央政府未能决定第十三届大选的日期,因为依然等待最佳解散国会的时机。

在面对这许多的不确定,我们可以理解主耶稣受难后的那一天,当门徒们聚集在一个小房间时的情绪,他们担心自己的未来;虽然受难节使他们知道有一位能明白他们惧怕及优虑的神,但是门徒们(我们)更需要一个确定的盼望、命定,因此“他已经复活了!”񗹤

复活主日是基督徒信仰的基石,耶稣的复活提醒我们神不但能明白人极深的痛苦,也在当时第一次的复活提供我们有确据的盼望、平安及新生命,使我们等候主耶稣第二次再来之前所有的经历都具意义。

我们理当与邻舍及朋友分享这信息,如同天使向妇人说“去告诉门徒及披得…”,让我们去并宣扬主耶稣复活的好消息。 愿这个复活节能使你更深的认识基督的复活及自己的盼望。

陆爱平会督
马来西亚基督教信义会 2013年复活节

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