The Malankara World Journal Holy Week Special 4 (Easter) - Issue 70
(April 7, 2012) is available online at:
As I write this, we have just concluded our Good Friday Services in
Cleveland. Rev. Fr. Dr. Geevarghese Kunnath, MD from Louisville, KY was
the celebrant. At the end of a long service, achen gave a short message.
He pointed out the beauty of the Good Friday Service. Achen said, if you
listen carefully, the service or namaskaram covers the entire salvation
history and God's plan for redemption of the fallen man. Our thaksa was
prepared when the communication systems were very primitive - no
computers, no internet or facebook. But look at how beautifully the
supplication services and the liturgy were codified. The gospels are
interspersed with selected psalms; it blends beautifully to provide the
Jesus used very simple words to communicate. Most of the teachings were
with simple parables. The Sermon on the Mount can be broken into simple
segments and it touched those listening. Except for a few passages in
the Gospel of John, Jesus' so-called sermons were very simple ones. That
simplicity can be seen in the passion week too. His mission was to come
as a human being, die for the sins of the humanity as a sacrificial
lamp, get buried and rise on the third day, thus conquering death. Jesus
said the key to the whole gospel is 'Love." Love God, Love your friends,
Love your neighbor, Love your family, Love and have fellowship with
those who worship with you in the church. He has shown, by his life, how
to do this. We learned of the concept of unconditional love - a concept
called agape love.
So, as we attend the Easter Services, focus on Love. Every thing else
will fall in place. We wish you all a blessed Easter.
Dr. Jacob Mathew
Table of Contents Holy Week Special 4 (Easter) Issue No: 70
1. Editor's Note
2. Bible Readings for Easter Sunday
3. Sermons for Easter Sunday
Malankara World Special Supplement for Passion week and Easter:
4. Featured: Easter Message From Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas 2012
We are glad to share with you the Peace and Joy of a blessed Easter even
though there is turbulence all over the world especially in the Middle
East. We are really worried about the situation in Syria. However, we
place our hope in the risen Lord who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. ...
5. The Meaning of the Resurrection
The Apostles believed in Christ's Resurrection and bore witness to it
and preached it as a fundament of their faith in Jesus Christ. What are
the theological dimensions and implications of this doctrine of faith?
And today when we still teach that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead,
what do we mean in fact? Archbishop Cyril S. Bustros explains ...
6. Eight Reasons Why I Believe That Jesus Rose from the Dead
A saving knowledge of Christ crucified and risen is not the mere result
of right reasoning about historical facts. It is the result of spiritual
illumination to see those facts for what they really are: a revelation
of the truth and glory of God in the face of Christ — who is the same
yesterday today and forever.
7. What If There Is No Resurrection?
To help us appreciate Christ's victory over the grave, let's consider
what the outcome of life and death would be without resurrection. First
of all, Jesus would still be dead. That means our faith in Him would be
worthless, and our message to the world would be a lie. Not only that,
but Jesus Himself would be proved a liar since He claimed that He would
rise from the dead. ...
8. Biblical Views: Making Sense of the Unlikely Easter Story
When you know the context of the New Testament texts—the world and
cultures in and to which these stories were written—you quickly realize
that sometimes the incongruities and unusual aspects in the story
testify to their historical veracity and authenticity. ...
9. Why is the Resurrection so Important?
Young Christians who have just come into the faith often ask: Why is the
resurrection so important? How can an event which took place 2,000 years
ago have any relevance for us today? Three very simple statements (not
original to me) will bring us to the heart of the matter. ...
10. Recipe: Berry Mango Salsa
11. Easter Brings Hope
Easter is not about brightly colored eggs, wearing pastels, or enjoying
a big meal, although it could include these. Easter is about the death
and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
12. Easter Night
This very night, all that was foretold and promised through the prophets
is fulfilled. In this night, all of salvation history takes place and
Christ Jesus is raised from the dead! This night heralds the beginning
of a new creation, for the women went to the tomb of Jesus "on the first
day of the week," the moment of a new beginning. ...
13. Reflecting God's Never-Ending Love for You
God's love is everlasting! And when you have the love of God in your
heart, you'll also begin to love others like God loves you. You'll learn
to be patient, kind, slow to anger, and never failing. ...
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In HIS Service
Dr. Jacob Mathew
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