Resurrect with Him..
"I am the Resurrection and The life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though he dies."
The best resurrection story of all is Jesus’. His was unique. Everything about Him was unique: His birth, His life, His miracles, His teachings, His suffering, His death, and His Resurrection. Whether we are of deep faith or skeptics, the Resurrection represents a distinguished component of the Christian faith―overpowering death and conquering sin. The Resurrection proved the deity of Jesus by fulfilling theprophesies of His death and His return from the grave, evident in “from that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things…and be killed, and be raised up on the third day” (Matthew 16:21). The Resurrection also proved that Jesus has the ultimate power to forgive sin: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). Furthermore, the Resurrection revealed Jesus’ power over death, clear in “Christ rose from the dead and will never die again. Death no longer has any power over Him” (Romans 6:9).
Just like the 500 people who witnessed and wrote about Jesus’ appearances and encounters after His death, we too, are experiencing a formidable and indomitable form of resurrection. For years, Lebanon has been going through its own Stations of the Cross, and we are the devout believers who did not give up on it ̶ and never will. Lebanon (and its people) was once condemned to death, betrayed by several ‘Judases’, denied by its friends and supposedly faithful allies, judged by ruthless and unjust rulers, crowned with spiky and painful thrones, burdened by a heavy cross, bewailed by its men and women, surrounded by greedy thieves, denounced, crucified, put to death after a long suffering, and laid down to be buried in a ‘dark’ cave… But now, Lebanon is finally ready for its long-awaited resurrection, from among the swamps of war, treachery, and distress. It is the only way this beautiful country has always managed to survive and subsist. At every ‘Station of the Cross”, Lebanon has always relied on its true believers ̶ even from afar. The people who never gave up on it, never wavered, or compromised their loyalty to it. The long and harsh history of struggles, atrocities,and sacrifices could not discourage the warriors who adamantly believed in Lebanon. On the contrary, for years those heroesfought for it and will continue to do so, against all odds. No matter how many times Lebanon ‘trips and falls’, no matter how many times it gets betrayed and stabbed in the back, like Christ, it will always rise and endure.
To stand by Lebanon, we all need a form of personalresurrection. Resurrection of our hopes, beliefs, faith, ethics … and patriotism. We need to revive our confidence in it, our allegiance, and loyalty. We need to renew our devotion ̶ not just in religion ̶ but also in our civic and patriotic duties, to save Lebanon from the claws of corruption and divisiveness. Yes, we need to remain strong in the face of sin; but also solidify our principles of unity, freedom, and independence. We need to stand up to dishonesty and provocation. We need to fight prejudice and moral hibernation. The time is now. The time is ours.
As we rejoice the Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ, let’s be inspired and reflect on how we can resurrect our values and virtues to celebrate another cherished and overdue resurrection ̶ Lebanon’s. We need to believe again. We need to believe thateven if it was repeatedly delayed, the Resurrection of LebanonIS coming.
The Lebanese Council for Democracy wishes all of you and your loved ones a very Happy Easter!
LACD Media Coordinator