Greetings and blessings upon all faithful Anglicans on the blessed Easter Day in memory of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is risen from the death and is alive. Our object is to help the people to believe that Jesus Christ is alive today. Most people have experienced the death of a near& dear relative. They know the sense of grief and loss, when a Parent or a child dies, to unbelievers, who have no hope, death is terrible event.
1. The resurrection of Jesus Christ means that a Cross was a Victory over Satan and his Plan:
(a). The Apostles believed That a death of Jesus on the Cross was the end of all their hopes ( Luke 24 : 19-24).
(b). The resurrection came as a complete surprise to them and changed every thing. (Luke 24: 36 - 48).
(c). They realized that the Cross was not a shameful disaster but a glorious victory. Jesus was not dead but living (Acts 2: 22 - 24)
2. The Resurrection justifies the faith and witness of the Church:
(a).From the beginning the Cross and Resurrection have always been at the centre of the Gospel message.
(b). The Apostle saw Jesus alive. They knew that they followed, not a dead Messiah but a living Saviour.
Christians know that Jesus is alive and we have life after death on believing Jesus Christ. Saint Paul says again with tears, many live as enemies of the Cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their God is their stomach, and their glory is on their shame, their mind is on earthly things.
This is the message which gives us constant joy. Jesus Christ is ready to give us comfort and peace if we ask him. We should try praying and asking: Give me real joy. I surrender to you Jesus all that prevents your joy in my life. Confess your sins before him. Commit your life into his hands and you will find that Christ will give you pardon for your sins and give you everlasting joy. You will praise him and say, "Christ is my joy and my future hope that one day we all shall be in Heavenly home which Jesus Christ promised to take their one day." Then Gods plan will be fulfilled.
The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be with you for ever and ever. In Jesus Christ our Lord.
Archbishop Samuel P. Prakash
Metropolitan of India & Acting Primate
Worldwide Traditional Anglican Communion
St. Peter’s House Vikasnagar Dehradun.UK India
Good Friday is the occasion when we have hope to step-in to the Heaven the House of our God Almighty, our Lord Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit and all His sons and daughters who washed themselves in the blood of Jesus which was shed on the Cross on this blessed day. God wants us to be with Him. Reason is in:
John 3:16 - 'For God so loved the world that he gave His begotten son, That who so ever believeth in Him shall not perish but have Eternal life.'
But this assurance is with condition as written in Psalm 95. Everyone who wants to be with God has to wash himself in blood of our Lord and he becomes special person, every thing changes in life, all become new, full of hope and joy. Jesus leads and shows the path himself as he said to one of the thief on the Cross ‘Today you will be with me in Paradise'. He took away our every sorrow and died for us. As Isaiah said became true: Isaiah 53: 4- 6:-
Surely he took up our pain, and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all'.
On this Good Friday the need is to repent and wash our sins which may be crimson, in the blood of Jesus who is crying 'Father forgive them'. God loves us and want us to come near to the Cross on this Good Friday. If we do so, God will accept us today itself and take us in His arms. His aim of sending Jesus to be crucified on the Cross will be fulfilled and complete.
Archbishop Samuel P. Prakash
Acting Primate TAC
St. Peters House Vikasnagar Dehradun UK India
Archbishop John Hepworth
Traditional Anglican Communion