Easter Sunday, eagerly anticipated by Christians annually, marks the pinnacle of the Christmas narrative. 

During Christmas, believers commemorate the birth of Christ, who, as God incarnate, offers salvation and eternal life to humanity, aligning with God’s original intent for creation and the promise of a new beginning depicted in Genesis and Revelation. 

A common greeting over Easter Sunday includes “Alleluia! Christ is Risen!”, to which is replied “He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” 

Easter concludes the Christmas story. During Christmas, we remember and celebrate the birth of Christ. He is God, who became human, to be with us and offers all of us salvation and eternal life with God. Eternal life is life as God intended it to be when God created humanity — see the creation story in the first book of the Bible, Genesis — and the fulfillment of the new creation described in the last book of the Bible, Revelation. 

During Easter, we remember and celebrate how Christ conquered death and rose from the dead three days after He was crucified on Good Friday. He paid for the sins of humanity so that humanity can be reconciled with God to receive eternal life with Him. 

At Easter, Christians celebrate that Christ is victorious over death, that Christ is alive, and that Christ is with us. Consequently, as disciples of Christ, we too have the victory over death, and we do not need to fear death! That is indeed good news! This victory is offered to all who will believe in Christ and accept the eternal life with Him that He offers! 

May the joy of the resurrected Christ be with all of you, and may you experience a foretaste of the victorious life He offers to all in this beautiful and joyous time of celebration of Easter. 

Blessed Easter! 

*Written by Lee Soo Chye, a member of Diplomatic Network (Asia).