Date: 01 July 2022 | Issue: 5

Resurrection: A Story Towards a Blissful and Eternal Life



By Father Jacob Joseph

We, humans, live in this world, hoping for a blessed and happy life. We hold on to this hope no matter what life situations or conditions we undergo, and such hope drives us to move forward in our daily life. It keeps long-term goals, and most of the time, people look forward to achieving them in the future. Most of the time, they seldom think about the duration of the 'future' but imagine a long period of life on earth. This approach is normally defined as positive and purpose-oriented.

On the other hand, we also witness people who lose their hope in various situations that are not favourable to them. Due to adverse events in life, there can be a rare scope to have a long-term goal; thus, they end up with short-term objectives. Sometimes they lose even those short-term dreams and find it difficult to move further. This is usually called a negative and purposeless life.

If we closely watch the above-narrated situations, both conditions limit the human scope to think beyond short or long-term goals. In most cases, people's brains are conditioned to confine life within the visible world.

While enjoying the beauty and grace of creation and the call to fulfil every responsibility entrusted to complete in this created world, one also must learn a life which exists beyond the visible or tangible world. When people measure the quality of life with a scale of 'positive' or 'negative' alone, it becomes an assessment based on the limits of this world. The art of understanding the invisible and intangible world would expand one's notion towards 'eternity' rather than the 'limited' long or short-term goals.

As Christians, how do we understand the meaning of eternity? The best option to absorb it is to reflect upon the 'resurrection' of Jesus Christ. In Syriac, the word 'resurrection' is explained as 'kyomtho'; it transcends from limitedness to limitlessness. This event is also commonly expressed as 'Easter.' But I am afraid whether the word Easter can communicate its entire meaning of 'limitlessness' or 'resurrection' of life.

I am hesitant to explain the connection between 'a blessed and happy life' and 'eternal life', with my conviction that, for a better understanding, it should be explored by oneself. Nevertheless, I promise you that you are most welcome to listen to my understanding of 'limitlessness' anytime you wish. I do not limit myself to wishing you a happy Easter — Christ, indeed, is risen! God bless you all.

Message from editorial board:

By Mini George (Co-ordinator)

Dear beloved members in Christ,

Welcome to the Easter edition of our online newsletter. It has been a year since we recommenced the version 2 of St. Thomas voice newsletter. With God’s grace, we continued to publish our newsletter, stayed in touch with each other and celebrated Christ our savior through virtual medium bringing peace and support to each other amidst the pandemic restrictions- a true service in the spirit of Christ. I would like to sincerely thank our reverent Vicar, Dr. Jacob Joseph for his constant support and sincere service, Secretary Mr. Sanil Jacob and all managing committee members and the editorial board members for their wholehearted service behind the scenes to maintain St. Thomas voice alive. Let the glory of God continue to shine through our services!

Easter is the time to strengthen the feeling of hope and affirm our faith in the second coming of our Savior. This special day is a reminder about a life beyond this world- a glorious and eternal one! In this confusing world of pain and hardships, complex relationships, sadness, loneliness and depression, I believe hope is one attribute Christians could give to others through the spirit of Jesus Christ. Jesus predicted that He would suffer, be killed and be raised up on the third day (Matthew 16:21). He was betrayed, suffered the horrors of crucifixion, buried in a tomb and as He predicted, He was risen from the dead before the dawn of the third day. Hope- I believe is the astonishing and reassuring message about Easter that many of us have personally felt or listened through testimonies of many people who felt the presence of God in their lives. An empty Tomb of Jesus is the symbol of HOPE for us- Hope for now and in here after.

As we commemorate the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ, let us be drawn closer to Christ even more! May the season of purification and enlightenment continue to share the glory of risen Christ!

I wish you all a blessed Easter!

A Drawing from Lindu

The Love Of Cross

By Asha Philip

Oh Lord, you sacrificed yourself on the cross
holding all my sins...

With your precious blood, you cleansed me deep within
and made me safe beneath your grace...

Through all the anguish you endured on the cross,
you showed me your unwavering love...

Then you conquered death and arise victoriously
to endow me an eternal life...

The times when my sins wrench me from your relentless love,
your cross still gives me hope,
the hope that divinely transforms my imperfections,
to Godly Perfections...

The love of cross
A Drawing from Aryan


By Deepa Jacob

Again, you come…
Reminding me of the day;
I got crucified…
Oh! please stop this rejoice.
I am the one who endures still.
No less are you to those Romans;
Rather worse to them.
They hung me once…
But you hang me on and on with your deeds,
With nails some big or small and how many more?
They killed me once…
but you kill me, even more, every day.
Less was the pain that I felt that day,
Compared to what you,
Give me day by day.
Stop! your prayer, seeking me.
For, I will regret now to say…
“You know not what you do”
For, you make me believe now,
“You do know, what you do”
I left my peace with you
But you choose the other with you.
Wars and crimes seem fine to you,
My mission has gone far away from you,
Disasters and calamities- you blame upon me
My words go without any action in you.
And now I remind myself of my teachings to you,
My words of “HOPE” and “FAITH”
That you will realize, one day why I died for you… Amen.

A Drawing from Joel

പ്രിയനേ നീ വരുന്നേരം...

By Elizebeth and sheela

പാദസ്പർശമേറ്റ ജറുസലേം വീഥികളും
നക്ഷത്രപ്പൊട്ടു വിതറിയ വാനമിതാനവും
കാറ്റിലുലഞ്ഞിടും ഒലീവില ശാഖകളും
പൂത്തുലഞ്ഞ ശാരോൺ താഴ് വരയും
കിന്നരവീണകൾ മീട്ടുന്നു മെല്ലെ മെല്ലെ .....
ഇനിയെത്ര നോവിൻ യാമങ്ങളിലൂടെ
താണ്ടണമെൻ മൂന്നാം നാളിലേക്ക്
വിശ്വാസമാം നേരിനെ മുറുകെ പിടിച്ചു
തിരുമുറിവിലെ ഒഴുകിയ നിണത്തിൽ
കൊരുത്തുവെച്ചെൻ കദനങ്ങളെ
വെള്ളപട്ടു വിരിച്ച ശാന്തിയാം പാതയിൽ
നീളുo ഈറൻ മിഴികളുമായ്
പ്രിയനെ കാത്തിരിക്കുന്നേകയായ്
ഉയിർപ്പിൻ സുവിശേഷ പ്രണയമാകാൻ ...

A Drawing from Juan

Lord's Promise

By Meeval Maria George

As for tonight,
A friend of mine,
Will betray me tonight.

As you drink this cup,
And eat this bread
You may remember me.

For this one moment,
Let us feast together,
Forget the betrayer,
And enjoy this altogether.

For this is my last moment,
With all of you together,
So let us feast for one last time.

I will keep my promise,
to all of you,
And return in 3 days time.

Until then,
I want all of you,
to always stay strong,
For I will come back,
And peace will be restored.

Maundy Thursday
A Drawing from Bryce

Easter Journal

By Deon Jaiby Varkey


Easter is a Christian festival that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many of its modern-day symbols, such as rabbits and eggs, are based on old (ancient) customs. Everyone doesn't celebrate Easter at the same time. The Syrian Malankara Orthodox Church, for example, celebrates at a different time than the Greek Orthodox Church. Every year, Easter falls on a different day, and it is typically observed between late March and late April. The resurrection of Jesus is a magnificent event that shows the realisation of our Christian faith. In 1 Corinthians 15:17, Saint Paul wrote, "unless Christ rose from the dead, our faith is in vain." By sacrificing himself, Jesus Christ saved humanity from the shackles of sin. His eventual resurrection is a promise of a new life, showing us that our faith in him is alive and powerful. This event is also a powerful reminder that trusting in God will pull you up even from the depths of despair.

Timeline of Death and Resurrection of Jesus:

Good Friday is the most difficult day of Passion Week. Christ's journey turned treacherous and acutely painful in these final hours leading to his death. According to Scripture, Judas Iscariot, the disciple who had betrayed Jesus, was overcome with remorse and hanged himself early Friday morning. Meanwhile, before the third hour (9 a.m.), Jesus endured the shame of false accusations, condemnation, mockery, beatings, and abandonment. After multiple unlawful trials, he was sentenced to death by crucifixion, one of the most horrible and disgraceful methods of special punishment at the time. Before Christ was led away, soldiers spit on Him, tormented, mocked Him, and pierced him with a crown of thorns. Then Jesus carried his own cross to Calvary where, again, he was mocked and insulted as Roman soldiers nailed him to the wooden cross. Jesus spoke seven final statements from the cross. His first words were, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34, NIV). His last words were, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." (Luke 23:46, NIV). Then, about the ninth hour (3 p.m.), Jesus breathed his last breath and died. By 6 p.m. Friday evening, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus' body down from the cross and lay it in a tomb. Friday's events are recorded in Matthew 27:1-62, Mark 15:1-47, Luke 22:63-23:56, and John 18:28-19:37.

On Resurrection Sunday or Easter, we reach the culmination of Holy Week. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event of the Christian faith. The very foundation of all Christian doctrine hinges on the truth of this account. Early Sunday morning, several women (Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Salome, and Mary, the mother of James) went to the tomb. They discovered that the large stone covering the entrance had been rolled away. An angel announced: "Don't be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn't here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen." (Matthew 28:5-6, NLT) Jesus Christ made at least five appearances on the day of his resurrection. Mark's Gospel says the first person to see him was Mary Magdalene. Jesus also appeared to Peter, to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and later that day to all the disciples except Thomas while they were gathered in a house for prayer. The eyewitness accounts in the Gospels provide what Christians believe to be undeniable evidence that the resurrection of Jesus Christ did indeed happen. Two millennia after his death, followers of Christ still flock to Jerusalem to see the empty tomb. Sunday's events are recorded in Matthew 28:1-13, Mark 16:1-14, Luke 24:1-49, and John 20:1-23.

Reference: Holy Week Timeline - Passion Week Days of Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday

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A Drawing from Ayaan

Remembering the Power of Christ's resurrection

By Aanmary Thankachan & Crissa Meriam George y

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead". 1 Peter 1:3

Every year we celebrate Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Christ. Easter signifies enlightenment, triumph over evil, and the salvation of faith. Often, we tend to forget the searing nature of death that Christ endured for us at the cross. As mentioned in Romans 5: 6-8, Christ died for us while we were sinners and proved his unconditional love for humankind. We need to know the relevance of the death and resurrection of Christ as it is central to our faith and existence. It is crucial for everyone to realise the depth of our sin and truly remember how loved we are by God. The grace and mercy that Jesus has bestowed upon us cannot be contained. It overflows into every aspect of our life.

The story of Easter also reminds us that even during the atrocious moments of life, one must never lose hope or faith as Jesus is alive for us. Darkness, pain, and suffering will surround us, and the only way to overcome it is by believing that there is life in Christ. This belief paves the way for changing our perspective on our problems. It makes us resilient and helps us to withstand adverse situations in our daily lives. Also, it is important to realise the glorious power that resurrection holds and what it means for the people who are perishing here. As stated in Philippians 3:10, to participate in Christ's resurrection, we must go through the suffering. The power of resurrection would indicate that even after our temporary life on earth, if we believe in him, the power of resurrection will work in our soul. This also states the belief that Jesus would come again in the twinkling of an eye; we would be raptured in glory. Our mortal bodies will become immortal, and we'd be with the Lord forever.

Easter should be noted for its significance and should be celebrated accordingly. As mentioned in 1 Corinthians 1:18 "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." Christ died for us to save us from our sins so that we may have eternal life in him. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Christ and the renewal of humankind following His death. To conclude, one must view Easter as a significant event as it forms the basis of our identity as Christians.

A Drawing from Georgina

Crossword Puzzle

By Dixon Jaiby Varkey

Crossword puzzle

1. The month in which Easter was celebrated this year.
2. Assisted Jesus to carry the cross.
3. The place Jesus was crucified.

4. A method used as punishment.
5. The number of thieves crucified next to Jesus.
6. A place in which people are buried.
7. The number of days between the death and resurrection of Jesus.

1. April
2. Simon
3. Golgotha
4. Crucifixion
5. Two
6. Tomb
7. Three

A Drawing from Neriah

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