The Resurrection

The Resurrection is of fundamental importance in Christianity, both historically and doctrinally. “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Cor 15:14-18). I have chosen this word with 12 letters, which may carry different meanings for some of us:

R Repentance is a change of mind accompanied with regret and sorrow for something done, Matthew 27:3.

E Earthquake is a convulsion of the earth common in volcanic parts of the world.

S Sacrifice was an offering made to God on His altar by the hand of an appointed, lawful minister; there were several kinds of sacrifice in the Old Testament, they represented the death of Jesus Christ and accordingly, by his actual death, he abolished them all (1 Cor 5:7; Heb 10: 8-10).

U Unleavened Bread was made without yeast and eaten at passover, which commemorated Israel’s deliverance from Egypt.

R Righteousness is justice, holiness and essential perfection in God’s character, Job 36:3; Isaiah 51:5-8. “I get my knowledge from afar, I will ascribe justice to my Maker.”

R Right hand is significant of power especially the Almighty power of God, Exodus 15:6.

E Earnest is part of a servant’s wages paid at the time of hiring to ratify the engagement, 2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5. ‘Hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.’

C Covenant is the promised agreement God made with Abraham that he would posses the land of Israel in person for ever with his decendants.

T Tempt is to make a trial of, and usually to present an inducement to their own evil inclinations, James 1:14,15.

I Immortality: Christ brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 2 Timothy 1:10.

O Olivet: so many memorials of the most solemn and important events occurred on this hill. The Saviour often climbed it on his journeys to and from Jerusalem, Matthew 24:3.

N Nurse: you cannot separate nurse from hospitality. The story of Rebekah shows this, when she was attended through life by her faithful and honoured nurse, Deborah. The oak under which she was buried was called the oak of weeping, Genesis 24:59; 35:8.

Bro Moses S Komanya (Kidatu, Tanzania)

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