Easter Message – 2008

Easter is upon us. We have just celebrated Christmas and we want to thank God for bringing us safely to another time of celebration.

In the Old Testament times, the Israelites lived under hundreds of regulations governing worship, relations with one another, with foreigners; regarding clean and unclean foods, rituals, and so many other dimensions of life.

We all know that humanly speaking, it was impossible for anyone to fulfil all the laws that were passed down from Moses to the Israelites. Man was perpetually in a state of broken communion with God because of the fallible nature we inherited from Adam. Indeed, David the Psalmist puts it clearly in Psalms 51:5 when he says, ‘Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.’

We are inherently sinful. Nothing can change that fact. Nothing can redeem us from ourselves, from our sinful nature. None of our acts of worship, of kindness and generosity, of tolerance and forgiveness can change the very core of who are; sinful. Nothing, that is, except the power of the resurrected Christ.

Today we remember the most significant display of God’s love for mankind; of his desire to restore communion and relationship between us and himself. We remember that when Jesus died, the sky grew dark as though night in the middle of the day; the earth shook and the rocks split. The temple curtains were ripped into two, from top to bottom. Three days after his crucifixion Jesus was raised from the dead, victorious over sin and death.

What does the resurrection of Christ mean to us? It means that we can, finally, have that relationship, that communion that God so desires for us to have with him. A relationship based on love, trust, acceptance and obedience. One where the only requirement is for one to believe and receive this gift; this free gift given once and for all the forgiveness of sin. ‘For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.’ (James 2:10). It is clear that there is no salvation in the law but rather, in Christ who came to fulfil the entire law by his death and resurrection.

As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, I would like to urge all Ugandans to embrace the freedom and peace that can only be found in Christ Jesus.

As a country we struggle with resolving regional conflicts, especially in the north and northeast.  But, through Jesus, we can be the inheritors of peace. I appreciate the efforts and progress made by the government and the LRA team in the last few weeks. I call upon the LRA and government to make every effort to ensure that peace in the Northern part of Uganda becomes a reality.

We all know that when our brothers in Kenya are in trouble, we too are in trouble. The crisis in Kenya is not felt by the Kenyans alone but by all in the region. Let us stand together with them during this trying time and help bring a lasting solution to this through prayer and supporting the refugees who have come to us. Let us open our hearts and be charitable to those in need.

As we deliberate on the land bill, I call upon all Ugandans to be tolerant of one another, just as the risen Lord instructs us to be. This is a sensitive issue and we therefore must listen to all contributions and trust the parliament to act in wisdom and do what is right for the good of our country.

May the hope that Easter brings move us in the Anglican Communion to seek Him to heal us of the pain we are going through and may Christ once again become Lord of His Church.

I send greetings to the President of Uganda, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, all Members of Parliament and the Judiciary, and all the people of God in Uganda.

I wish you all a joyful Easter.  God has raised Jesus from the dead and confirmed that He is the fulfilment of the law. Let us embrace the love and reconciliation that God has offered us through the death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us embrace the freedom and peace that God so freely gives through his Son Jesus Christ. May this Easter season give you the hope that because Jesus lives we too can face the challenges of tomorrow.

Happy Easter to you all!

To God be the Glory.

The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi

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