Today’s reflection by the Ven Dr Thomas Mhuriro Archdeacon of Kimberley.
“But the truth is that Christ has been raised from death, as the guarantee that those who sleep in death will also be raised to life”. (1 Corinthians 15:20).
What makes Paul a credible witness of the Good News is that he was personally confronted by the risen Christ. We know that he was on a deadly mission to silence other witnesses who had been called before him. What he reminds us today is simply that doubting God’s power is futile.
Through Jesus Christ’s resurrection, he gave us assurance that death is not our master. By raising Jesus from death, the Good News of new life was preached to the dead as well. So there is no other power to worry about.
This is a challenge to all the living. Many times we do things out of fear and not out of love. Death happens to be the most dreadful reality in our lives. The Exodus reading this morning makes it clear that when God introduced the death of the first-born sons among the Egyptians, the Pharaoh drove the Israelites out of his country. Death forced him to soften his arrogance!
But today we are reminded that instead of worrying much about death, it is important to focus on the life that Christ won for us. It is that life which we must celebrate by doing only those things that are pleasing to God. This world is still thirst for the Good News. What we do, what we say and what we think about one another should be things that are a clear indication of our commitment to God who wants us alive and not dead. We are people who have been called through Christ’s resurrection to a life under the kingship of God. Right now is the time to show that we believe in life after death by reaching out to others in love. To God be the glory. Alleluia.