Around this sacred time of Easter, the Ministration of Jesus is amplified. Rather, the human interpretation of His Purpose and Mission. Special emphasis is placed on the crucifixion as it signifying the reconciliation of man with the Godhead. Unquestioned, this belief has become sacrosanct. Any attempt at clarity deviating from the accustomed thought quickly faces the sword of intransigence. But during this time of year, a longing grips the heart to draw closer to God. An earnest longing to renew one’s commitment to living the Word of Christ in order to be “born anew”. The urgency of this is catalyzed by the brutality of the crucifixion in which one senses the tremendous hostility of human nature to Divine Love in its purest sense. In the memory of this egregious act, we perceive the unwavering conviction, strength, courage, purity and boundless Love of Jesus that is needed to walk the path upward amid the opposition of evil. The sentiment of this galvanizes us to renew our dedication to transforming anew and becoming strong, only through which the victory against the sinful opposition of our own hearts becomes possible. As the proclivities and temptations of our soul rebels against becoming new and always threatens to crucify us in hostility through deviant desires, the inner battle of spiritual transformation thus becomes for each an individual Golgotha.
In the process of this battle for spiritual renewal, a great number of questions arise. Is it right to find joy in the murder of Jesus? To relish the bloody torture and brutal beating that culminated in the dastardly crucifixion? If cruel murder and hate stands against the very principle of Divine Love that Jesus taught, why would God (Whom Jesus is a Part) encourage evil by participating in it through the crucifixion? Is it not strange to assume God would seek to cure evil from the earth by perpetrating the same evil, i.e., conspiring with man to commit a brutal murder of His Son Jesus? Thus plotting to murder a Part of Himself in cold blood? Is this not a type of Divine suicide? In other words, using evil (the premeditation of murder) to work with evil (conspiring with man) to commit evil (the crucifixion), which is somehow meant to cure evil (redeeming man). How does this make any sense? Upon reflection, it only seems a colossal misconception and a desecration of the Great Godhead to expect such diabolical treachery.
But above all, how does this even help man? The cause of my sins are the wrong desires in my own heart. Acting upon these desires bring about hellacious conditions and consequences that I and my neighbor must suffer through. The sinful desires bring about the harvest of consequences…correct? Well, how does stripping me from facing the consequences of my actions eliminate the seed of the desire itself? How does sparing a man who committed murder from going to jail help him eliminate the desire to kill by just imprisoning an innocent man in his place? On the contrary, does this not just incentivize the murderer to continue on his rampage since he knows he will never face jail time and someone else will always stand in his place? Surely the Perfection, Purity and Justice of God is wiser than this and would never cultivate evil this way! Why then, do we choose to believe atonement of our sins through the murder of Jesus?
Thus I am left with only one option: inner transformation. Only I can change the desires in my own heart. Only I can do this. As I change these desires, so do I gradually mitigate and in time prevent evil consequences through a change in the seeds I sow. The roadmap of how to do this was given by Jesus. In His Word alone is where the salvation of His Ministration for each person lies. Specifically, in the application of the Word in life that brings about total transformation. Nothing else can make man new besides his own effort to transform himself. Nothing else can bring him closer to God except a complete spiritual change through applying and thus becoming one with the sense of Jesus’ teachings. Hence forgiveness of sins is equivalent to being “born again”, which only the individual can do for himself. The crucifixion of Jesus cannot change man and whitewash his sins, only he can do that through a change in his own heart. So this Easter–like all Easters–brings again the impetus and urge to renew our effort to becoming new in spirit. To walk the path pointed out by Jesus through His Life and Word. To courageously seek it with all the longing of our hearts. To seek to love God in all we do. The daily application of this will eventually help us become new, thus reconnecting us with God. And in the newness of this reconnection and complete spiritual change, through our own effort in the application of the Word, lies the forgiveness of sins for each individual.
Hence this Easter, I wish everyone the highest blessing and strength in the renewal of our individual commitment to apply the Divine Word brought by Jesus, and thus be born anew!
~Ikenna Q Ezealah