Tarek El Mahaba Easter Issue - Page 43

The Greatest Feast of Resurrection There is also an antitype which his now saves us- baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21) The resurrection of our Lord is our strength. So, we have to participate in it to have an eternal life in the last day. We participate in His death and resurrection when we are baptized on his Holy name. When abouna submerges us under the water that is a burial to us with Christ and when abouna brings us up out of the water that is a new born; new life. So, sins have no power over us as long as we repent and confess them to both God and abouna. We also participate in the resurrection of our Lord Christ when we take communion. The holy body and the sacred blood of our Lord Jesus Christ is capable of giving life to us and that is a form of participation in His resurrection by turning from the death to life. True belief and trust is another participation in our Lord Christ’s resurrection. When we have faith in Christ and follow His commandments, we participate in His resurrection. Also, to participate in God’s resurrection, we need to love one another not by words but by good deeds. That means, by God’s power, we should not hesitate to do our best to 43 help and tend to the needs of others in a godly manner. The word of God helps us to move from death to life. Reading in the holy bible and living according to what is written will help us to participate in His resurrection. May the power of the resurrection empower us to understand the true meaning of this great feast and act according to God’s well.