14 Easter Covenant, Eternal Love - Noel D'Silva

posted Apr 16, 2019, 8:36 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 16, 2019, 8:36 AM ]
Yes, it's Easter again! All over the world, the Church bells will be heralding another Easter morn. In every worshipping congregation, the People of God will once again cry out, "Alleluia, the Lord is risen."

There is no doubt that there exists a palpable joy, as men, women and children wish one another "Happy Easter" after the Eucharistic Celebration on the greatest day in the liturgical life of the Church. How does one explain this feeling of jubilation? Is it merely because the Season of Lent is over? Is it because of a deeper understanding of the Resurrection as vindication of all that Jesus did, stood for and claimed as God, the only-begotten of the Father? Is it because the rising from the dead by Jesus is convincing proof that humans are indeed immortal, destined for eternal bliss, eternal heirs to, and in, the mansions of Heaven?

The Resurrection of Jesus puts the seal on the covenant relationship established by Him at the Last Supper, and enacted daily at every celebration of the Mass. ("This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes. (1 Cor 11:23-26). Do we not, as one People, declare: "We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your resurrection until you come again"?

The New Covenant is similar to a last will and testament. When Jesus died, the provisions of His will went into effect. Immediately, all people began to profit from His death. For example, the forgiveness of sins and the possession of the Holy Spirit became the inheritance of everyone who trusts in Him.

Easter is the affirmation of the immortal Love of the Father for His only-begotten Son, as well as the affirmation of Jesus as our sacrificial lamb, our Saviour, our God, our Redeemer. He laid down His life as our sacrificial lamb to pay for our sins. When He rose from the dead three days later, He gave victory over eternal separation from God (death) to all who put their faith and trust in Him. That is the new covenant —everlasting life spent with God through faith. The Resurrection of Jesus is our Heavenly Father saying YES to the love of Jesus on the Cross, a love that counts not the cost, a love that is all-embracing, a love that seeks ways and means to forgive.