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he veil of death too often conceals the potential for life. It is why there tends to be incessant wailing and sorrow at funeral services by those mourning the passing away of loved ones. With death comes an air of finality that triggers all manner of emotional reactions. This explains why the crucifixion for some, is no more than a reminder of the death of one man and for them, that is where it all ends. Death to a natural mind is no more than the discontinuance of life but to the spiritual mind it is but a veil. In other words, there is life beyond the appearance of death To understand life we must first understand death because whilst Easter is a remembrance of one man’s sacrifice for the whole of mankind it is also a celebration of a process through which a man can be raised from death to life. To speak of death is to refer to a state of lifelessness where inactivity is the order of the day. Anyone who has read the account of Lazarus in the bible will recall the words of his sisters when Christ came to raise him from the dead. They believed their brother was beyond help and Martha even mentioned the fact that he had begun to decay, but Christ introduced himself as the resurrection and the life and promised that whoever believed in Him shall never die. Death in this context is not the physical death that all men are familiar with, and we know this, because even though Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, Lazarus eventually died physically albeit at a later date. If Lazarus eventually died at a later date despite his earlier resurrection then it means physical death is not the only type of death. There is also spiritual death. Christ was assuring Martha that all those who believe in Him would never suffer spiritual death or what the bible terms the second death. As its starting point, Easter recognises that something was dead. The root of death both physical and spiritual starts in the Garden of Eden. In the Garden of Eden, the first man, Adam, sinned against God and as a result physical death (mortality) entered the world but also on that very day he began to die spiritually. Following this event, every newborn baby in the world is

born in sin and carries the gene of spiritual death until they encounter Christ and are raised from spiritual death to spiritual life. The only baby to be physically born without carrying in him the gene of spiritual death was Christ, which is why He was deemed an acceptable sacrifice by God. At Easter we remember how Christ took our place to provide a way for us out of the deadness that characterised our sinful lives. If the starting point of Easter is death then the finishing point has to be life. The inevitable question then is - what is life? Again we must return to Eden in our quest for understanding. Just as we accept that there is both physical and spiritual death, it follows that there must be both physical and spiritual life. Physical life starts with conception in our mother’s womb and is manifested through the birthing process. A

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by Joseph Amaeze Onwuchekwa

To celebrate Easter in a religious fashion, merely going through the motions, will be another missed opportunity for us to step into the next level or phase of life that He has planned for us. baby in the womb is not subject to laws or regulation and cannot be held accountable for anything until it is born and achieves maturity. Physical life is therefore a progression. What about spiritual life? The first man, Adam, had spiritual as well as physical life because God breathed it into him and he became a living soul. Physical life was conferred by God’s spoken word but spiritual life was transferred from God’s nostrils. Adam lost this, spiritually, when he transferred allegiance from God to Satan through an act of disobedience – sin, and this is why the only way of recovering it had to be by way of one taking our place and substituting His life for our deadness. In the biblical account of the nocturnal meeting between Nicodemus and Christ, in response to Nicodemus’s lack of understanding of the concept of being born again, Christ explained that whatever is born of the flesh is separate from that

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