Pascha — the Resurrection of our Lord
“This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice in it and be glad.” (Psalm 118:24)
Jesus Christ, Our Lord God, and Savior rose on the third day as He Himself foretold. Death could not keep a hold on Him. Christ triumphed, overcoming all the powers of evil. Death was the wage for sin. But Our Lord by His Cross, an act of self-sacrificial LOVE, overcame evil. He conquered death by His death and bestowed eternal life to those faithful ones in the tombs.
Death lost its sting. We as Christians are not to grieve at death as if without hope. But rather, we believe and profess in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Christ’s Resurrection is a pledge, a promise of our own resurrection. We look forward to a life of eternity with the Lord God and He is Someone with Whom we have been developing a close personal relationship. For as St. Paul instructs the early Christians, as well as us today: the Christian life is one of “dying and rising with Christ”.
The Lord is present to us here on earth in Word and Sacrament (Sacred Mystery). We encounter Him in our ordinary, everyday experiences. Our eyes are to be eyes of faith that allow us to see beyond the natural realm and enter into the supernatural.
Jesus is our “Friend”; He is our Brother Who gained for us salvation, freedom from the terrible powers of sin, death and all forms of evil. The Lord loves each and every one of us. He is the Good Shepherd Who willingly leaves the ninety-nine in search of the one who went astray. Jesus tells us that there is great joy in Heaven over the return of a sinner who repents. The Loving Father, Our Heavenly Father, waits patiently for the sinner’s return and He receives back the repentant sinner with open arms.
Great elation is on this day – the Feast of Feasts, the Celebration of Celebrations. The Sun of Justice triumphs. The belief in the Resurrection of Our Lord is the center of our Christian Faith.
Let God arise and
His enemies be scattered.
As smoke vanishes,
So, let them vanish away.
So let the sinners perish
From the presence of God,
But let the righteous rejoice.
This is the Day the Lord has made;
Let us be glad and rejoice therein.
Father George Worschak