11 April 2019
Dear Parents and Students,
What is the meaning of Easter?
Easter reminds us the resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God, who was crucified for our sins, giving us hope for eternal life.
While Jesus was still on the cross, in pain with a weakened body, He asked the Father, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." Luke 23:34. This prayer revealed Jesus' forgiveness and tremendous love. He did not have hatred and anger against those who were making Him suffer. Instead, He prayed for them and asked God to forgive them. Therefore, if we accept the salvation of His forgiveness, we can put down a lot of the hatred and anger in our lives and live with a positive attitude.
‘Learning to let go’ can help you get back on your path and face the future proactively. A former chairman of a listed company thanked God for spending those forty months in prison with him. He relied on prayer and reading the Bible to overcome the emotions in prison, and urged young people to obey the law. The thing he wanted to do most was to go home and hug and apologize to his wife. His speech did not show one bit of hatred or anger. Instead, I was deeply touched by his sincere confession, surrender, peace, forgiveness and the way he had ‘learnt to let go’. Humans, including myself, have hatred and anger. I can only humbly confess my sin to God and seek for His forgiveness. His transcending peace allows me to move forward and let them go.
‘Learning to let go’ is the action of love. ‘If anyone says "I love God," but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.’ 1 John 4:20. Easter teaches us to love others, pray for others, share God's love and Jesus' redemptive power.
My dearest parents and students, there may always be grievances and controversies in your lives. Sometimes, it is not easy to judge who is right or wrong. However, handling these problems by ‘learning to let go’ is a method of love. It doesn’t mean that you are weak, but rather that you are experiencing God's unwavering love. We should remember the words of Jesus when he was on the cross: ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.’ A love for an eye, a love for a tooth and pray for others. Then you can experience Jesus' forgiveness and tremendous love.
Let us remember that Easter is not just a few days off of work or school. Everyone is free to go to the church to worship and understand the salvation brought by the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, which may inspire your life.