Saturday, March 31, 2018



“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” ~ 1 Cor. 15: 55

This prophetic verse foretold the coming of the messiah Jesus Christ to Earth by Prophet Hosea (Hosea 13:14) as referred to by Apostle Paul in his writings to the Corinthians and Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross and eventual resurrection from death, so that good would triumph over evil. The purpose of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection is to overcome the power of sin and death, and thus giving hope to humankind.

The verse from Corinthians holds great significance for Christians, so much that it is inscribed on the tombstones of many who have died. Indeed my siblings chose this verse for my late father’s headstone because my father lived his life fully believing that he, as a Christian, would eventually rise to eternal life.

Easter is celebrated with much joy by Christians because it was the events marking Easter on which our beliefs are grounded and from which we draw courage and hope that good will never be defeated by evil. It was said by Apostle Paul that if ‘Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is our faith’ (1 Cor. 15: 14-17).

In the context of the nation and the world we are living in today, the essence of the Easter message is even more relevant and significant to us. Looking at what is happening – so much suffering and pain caused by man’s greed for wealth and power – sometimes one cannot help but despair that for many, it pays to be evil. However, we have been forewarned that there will be persecution and suffering in this world but that in the end, evil, sin and death will be defeated, as Jesus has paid the price for the victory of good over evil.

On the cusp of the most important elections in this nation, many of us are doing our part to ensure that good and honest representatives will be chosen to form the government so that we can put an end to greed, corruption, oppression and persecution. It is time for a brand new start and responsible citizens must come out to make sure that good will triumph in this nation.

I wish all Christians a blessed Easter.

Baru Bian
Chairman, KEADILAN Sarawak / ADUN N81 Ba’ Kelalan

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