Following the established tradition, the Easter services are performed at night: like ancient Israel that stayed awake on the night of exodus from Egypt, New Israel stays awake on the eve of the Resurrection of Christ.
Based on direct evidence from the mid-second century, it is believed that Easter was regularly celebrated from the earliest days of the Church.
Ayokunle, who gave the assurance yesterday in his Easter message, which was signed by his Special Assistant (Media & Communications), Adebayo Oladeji in Abuja, prayed to God to end economic hardship the way He rolled away the stone from the tomb of Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Christ brought new hope of eternal salvation for Christians. Who can resist singing louder to "He Arose" or thinking about Jesus when they sing "In the Garden", which to many Christians is an all-time favorite.
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The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is described in the New Testament and the festival marked for the day is called Easter. They gave testimony to how they saw the Lord. "Same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead will raise our hopes and restore our dreams ... and may this Easter usher in a true genuine change in our leaders and the followers in Jesus mighty name". And the reason I even mention Christmas, Chad, is because without God sending His Son to live on the earth as a man, we can't even get to Easter.
I love Easter because usually it is a attractive spring day with all the promise of warm days ahead after having made it through the winter and all the snow.
Recognising the celebrations, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak took to Twitter today to wish Christians in the country a "Happy Easter".
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In his message the chief minister said, "This is an auspicious occasion when we celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus and resurrection on Easter Sunday which are manifestations of the triumph of good over evil". We don't do things much differently on Easter than we would any other Sunday throughout the year. "Easter is about mystery of god".
Labasa Methodist Church circuit's Reverend Jone Ledua described Easter as the day all Christians around the world looked forward to.
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