“Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.  Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”

(Luke 24:1-7)


Permit me to congratulate you on the occasion of 2020 Easter Sunday. Easter is a very significant and special season. Its rich relevance to humanity is inexhaustible. It is the most encouraging story ever since the world began. Easter confirms that the cross is never the final. I see the Easter story as the ultimate encouragement to the troubled world. If there’s any story you need to here now, it’s the message of Easter. It’s got a lot to offer you at whatever stage of your life. Are you depressed, discourage, disappointed or down-casted?  The Easter Story is all you need.


The Easter Story

The events leading to the crucifixion of Jesus and thereafter are the unbeatable antidote for any kind of difficulty in life. Jesus came to the world with the best of intentions. He was arrested, tried, condemned, and crucified. Despite all that befell Him, Jesus triumphed over all situations. God raised Him from the dead. He overcame darkness, death, and devil. He ascended to heaven and thus, has been untouchable.

This is the pattern of victory God has in store for you.


Beyond Calculations

In the text read, the Chief Priest and Pharisees had secured the tomb where Jesus was buried. Then the women led by Mary Magdalene came to the tomb to anoint Jesus. But He wasn’t found there. Then the angel on assignment from heaven that morning told the women ‘He is not here; for He is risen as He said!’ Jesus had eclipsed everyone’s expectations. I see this as a word for you today. I see God enlisting you among those who will triumph beyond people’s widest imaginations. Your life is destined to beat every limits. You will go beyond every bar. The story of your life shall henceforth be: ‘He is not here; He has gone farther; He is ahead and above’.



 Rev Dr Victor O. Oyelowo
Lead Pastor, First Baptist Church, Oke’lerin,
(c) 2020