Easter Sunday, the day of Resurrection of Christ is bringing us a double message.
From one side we are joyfully acknowledging that Jesus Christ is risen, that He is the Lord of Life and that His resurrection is for us an assurance of our resurrection.
But we have to keep in our mind the other side of the reality of the Resurrection …
Tell me please what is the necessary and indispensable condition of the resurrection?
Yes … first … YOU MUST DIE!
There is no resurrection if you don’t die. You have to die first.
You have to die to yourself, you have to die to your sins, you have to die to your selfishness, you have to die to your way of life, you have to die to your pride, you have to die to all your worldly and earthly habits. In order to raise up YOU HAVE TO DIE.
The first and basic idea of the Baptism is that through Baptism we are dying to our old selves, we are dying to the world so to be reborn for Christ.
Do I realise this truth? I was baptise as a baby, I didn't even remember that I was baptised but I have to be aware that my Baptism was an immersion into the "death of Christ", that I have to die every day as St. Paul says: "… we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life." (Romans 6:3-4)
There is no other way to raise with Christ … than through death …
And this is also the message of Easter.