Because Jesus hung on the cross, everlasting life is available to people, said The Very Reverend Harry Bain, dean and rector, Christ Church Cathedral, during Easter Sunday service at Christ Church Cathedral.
As church services were permitted to operate at 100 percent in the pandemic, Bain asked people to check in with themselves and determine whether Jesus is in their hearts every day, or whether they were in church just because it was Easter Sunday. And he reminded them that Jesus, to believers, means life.
“He is a God of life and wants us to live abundantly because of Him. Is He alive in your heart?” he questioned. Bain encouraged them to surrender their heart to God, surrender their life to Him and recommit themselves to the Lord Jesus Christ and let Him live in their life.
“Let Him be seen to be alive in your words, your actions, your attitude, in your deeds.”
The Anglican priest said God is alive in people when they seek to love one another, care for each other, and bear each other’s burden which, in doing so, fulfills the law of Christ.
He also encouraged people to show to the world that God is alive, demonstrating in their homes, and their place of work.
“Jesus is love. God is love and those who live in love, live in God, and God lives in them. Let Him live in you. Because he hung on the cross, we all have a chance to everlasting life, and that everlasting life can be yours. Because he died on Calvary, our sins have been forgiven.”
Bain gave praise to God that Good Friday was not the end.
“Early Sunday morning, we’re told in scripture the stone was rolled away and up from the grave he arose. And yes, he is alive forever more.”
During the Easter Sunday service, the priest said believers fix their eyes on the living Christ and that their thoughts do not have to spin fruitlessly, hopelessly grasping at reasonable explanations, because Jesus lives.
“Because Jesus lives, we have hope,” said Bain. “We are a new creation. We can look at life through new eyes, think with life-giving thoughts, and speak words of wisdom and understanding. Because he lives, we have peace – the unknown does not have to shake us. God is for us and nothing can separate us from His love.”
The Anglican priest said there is now no condemnation, as Jesus has reconciled his people to himself.
“We are seated with him at God’s right hand. Because he is alive, we are free from the law of sin and death. We are forgiven – period. Jesus’ blood has cleansed us and because he lives eternally, this cleansing is powerful. He is alive in your heart and in mine.”
Bain said Jesus’ promise is that of a life that never ends – one full of grace and glory, freedom and endless joy, because the joy of the Lord is always mankind’s strength.
“Though for a time in this life we endure want and difficulties, today we fix our eyes on what is above, knowing what the empty tomb really points to. It points to the fact that Christ is alive, Christ is risen – and in him, we live and move and have our being in him. In him is eternal life. The empty tomb is at the heart of the Christian faith. The stone, sealed and concealed the tomb, it was now rolled away. The empty tomb told the world that anyone who follows Christ, is serving a living God.”
He questioned worshippers to think about what stones in their life need to be rolled away.
But he also told them that he has found benefits to serving a living God.
“Because he lives, I can face tomorrow,” said Bain. “Because he lives, I know that if I falter, he will pick me up, turn me around, and plant my feet on solid ground, for on Christ the solid rock I stand – all other ground is sinking sand. Because he lives, I know that if I shed a tear, he will dry my weeping eyes, for weeping only endures for a night, joy comes in the morning. Because he lives, I know that if trouble comes my way, that he will hide me in the in the secret of his tabernacle. Because he lives, I know that I can depend upon him and his promises, for he said my God shall supply all my needs according to his purpose in Christ Jesus. Will he be alive in your heart tomorrow, next week and next year? He is to be alive in our lives every day! Let him live in you. Because he hung on the cross, we all have a chance to everlasting life, and that everlasting life can be yours.”