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District Apostle Charles Sakavumbi NdandulaMy dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

As the Christian Community across the world celebrates Easter, we join them in gratitude for preserving a tradition of spiritual excellence and a legacy of care for humanity that Jesus Christ demonstrated even before, during and after his death, and resurrection. Therefore, Easter reminds us of the need to create trust, show compassion, build stability and create hope that Jesus brought to his followers (disciples). Even to this day, we as followers of His faith in our time, are admonished to bring out and show the same values that should outlast our human life.

As we commemorate the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus, we are convinced beyond any doubt that the most wonderful thing that Easter brings is knowing that our Lord Jesus Christ died and rose again for all humankind. This He did just for us to gain entry into the heavenly kingdom prepared for those who are preparing to receive Him on his return as proclaimed in John 14:3; which says and I quote “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”. As we wait for His return, lets us continue to overcome evil and attain victory with Christ by remaining unshakable in God’s fear. Our Lord and saviour conquered and lives and we too shall come out victorious and live with the help of Jesus!

Dear brothers and sisters, Easter is a period of transformation from death to life based on love because even in the most trying moment on the cross, Jesus fulfilled this as outlined in Luke 23:34 when he said, and I quote, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” In a Christian nation like ours, we need to hear more such messages of love and forgiveness especially given the political tension and violence that is building up in the nation. Rather than condemning and passing judgement, let us endevour to do what Jesus did by proclaiming to one another- my peace I give to you! He led by example, and this is also expected from all of us the leaders and the led alike, whether in religious, social, economic or political spheres of life.

During this period of Easter and beyond, this example must resonate in our hearts at all times irrespective of the circumstances and the amount of provocation one may suffer. Therefore, in reflecting on the message for Easter, I am encouraged to take this opportunity to wish our country, Zambia much love and peace especially as we draw closer to the elections that will take place on 11th August, 2016. For our Lord said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God”. It means we should not just focus on receiving peace from others but we must be in the forefront of creating peaceful environments in homes, communities and the nation at large. I also wish similar love and peace to Malawi and Zimbabwe, where there are no elections and indeed to the whole world.

May God bless us all!

I Thank You.