It’s Easter Sunday and I worshiped at my sister’s Catholic Church in Southgate, London. What a profound gospel it was. Please keep clicking below for the rest of today’s post.
What I Wore
In true patriotic Style, I opted for a midi Adire/Batik dress with mini Batwing pleated sleeves by The Lady Maker. I teamed the dress with black ankle boots and a vintage bag with gold details from my darling sister’s wardrobe.
I was also super glad to see my darling sisters opting for the different pieces they got from Zinkata to celebrate Easter in style in their different homes!
See photos below:
Ugochi Omonode in the Classic Pant Set by Nkwo
Chioma Frederick Eze in the floral side ruffle dress by Alter Ego
It’s Easter Sunday and the Gospel was centred around the Risen Christ and what it actually means.
The priest started off by telling us all to close our eyes, and bring to our memory a feeling that we once had, or can imagine, where we were in a situation of hopelessness; where we had lost all hope with regards a particular situation, and were truly sad and helpless. He urged us to hold the feeling for a while and allow the feelings to intensify, whilst still keeping our eyes closed. Finally, he asked us to open our eyes and then said, “If God is for us, who can be against us? When he gave his only son to die for us, will hardship, persecution, peril, sickness or anything separate us from the love of Christ? In all this we are more than conquerors”.
This can be explored in detail in the book of Romans Chapter 8 verse 31-39.
Romans 8:31-39 New International Version (NIV)
More Than Conquerors
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
The priest also discussed the resurrection and how people doubt the plausibility of Christ’s resurrection, which is the basis of Easter Sunday. He gave an example using his dad who was once a soldier in the war. He was a Christian but did not really believe in the resurrection. “How can someone die and then rise again, I have seen so much death through the war and no one could ever rise again”. He felt the resurrection was probably a fable or tale the disciples told to make us believe that Christ was the son of God.
The priest also gave a condensed story of his own experience, before he became a priest. He led a fairly normal life went to church but did not have Christ living in him. Right up till he went to a Mass and the priest quoted a verse in the bible that really resounded in his soul:
Romans 10:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
It was like a true light bulb moment. He realised that indeed he believed that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and was risen and it would be really amazing to be saved! He knelt down, prayed and earnestly surrendered and invited Christ into his life.His journey in Christianity started properly from that day onwards. He invited Christ into his soul and on the way home finally started hearing from the Lord. (He had an encounter).He went on to commit himself totally and surrendered himself in service to the Lord. He further concluded by urging us all to accept Christ totally, believe implicitly in him and let him dwell in our lives.
I (Ezinne Chinkata) have often struggled with the validity of the resurrection. I must confess, I questioned it continuously and had doubts! My doubts bothered me and I felt really guilty about them. Today, on this beautiful Easter day and as I ponder the implications of the risen Christ, I can say for a fact that I believe from the depths of my heart that Jesus is the son of God and that he was sent to save us. Yes he died as was planned by the Lord and rose again. He is here for us all if we only believe deeply and seek his face with all our hearts.
What helped my faith you may ask? I asked repeatedly for clarity from the Lord, I also spent more time with the word (the Holy Bible) rather than relying solely on peoples accounts of the bible. As I read and meditated on it, the more my doubts were peeled away and I was struck by the purity of the gospel and how blessed we all are to be loved so deeply by our Lord.It is still a journey but one I get more convinced by on the daily.
As we celebrate Easter on this beautiful Sunday, a point worthy of pondering is this: Is Christ truly risen in your life? Is he alive in your life? Have you accepted him as your personal saviour, putting all your trust and faith in him?
He is risen indeed and is there for you if only you seek him.Take the plunge and enjoy an eternity of true freedom.
Have a blessed Easter all!
Thank you Jesus!