One of the most important and oldest festivals of the Christian Church is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ which is popularly regarded by many as Easter. This is held between March 21 and April 25 annually, on the first Sunday after the first full moon, following the northern spring equinox. Science Writer, STANLEY CHIBUIHEM AMALAHA, takes a look at this ‘supernatural exercise’, which defies the universal law of gravity
There are certain laws that govern the universe: they are physical laws and spiritual laws. Spiritual laws are higher than physical laws.
For example, spiritual law resurrected Christ from the grave, made Him to walk upon the sea and also propagated his virgin birth which was unique and has no parallel because there was no instrumentation of man present. Physical laws on the other hand, are laws of science such as: whatever that goes up must come down.
The laws of the spirit are higher than the physical laws. The law of resurrection for example, is higher than the law of gravity.
It was the law of resurrection that made Jesus to walk upon the sea. At that moment, the law of gravity was suspended because Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Similarly, when Christ ascended into Heaven, the law of resurrection also came into effect and the law of gravity was brushed aside because: scientifically, to ascend to Heaven, is to work against gravity.
Although history shows that ‘Easter’ is derived from the word ‘Eostre,’ which is the name of the goddess of spring, whose festival was celebrated at the Vernal equinox.
However, in the Christian Church, ‘Easter’, also called ‘Pascha’ in Greek and Latin, or ‘Resurrection Sunday’ by some faithful, is a festival and holiday, which commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, after the third day of His burial.
Christ was crucified by the Romans at Calvary outside Jerusalem in 30AD. Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
It is celebrated between 21st March and 25th April yearly, on the first Sunday after the fast full moon following the northern spring equinox – the weekend from Good Friday (the crucifixion of Christ) to Easter Monday (a holiday set aside to compensate Easter Sunday which is not a working day).
Some Theologians say that: Easter should not be celebrated because it is derived from the word ‘Eostre’ being the name of the goddess of spring- a festival earlier celebrated at the Vernal (spring) equinox.
But careful study shows that, months of the year such as: January, February etc, and the days of the week: Sunday, Monday, etc are names of Greek goodness.
The question now is; should we not be associated with them anymore? Should all the people whose names are linked with these names like: Sunday, and Monday, change their names?
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is one of the ‘50 defining events’ that changed the world history. Christ was crucified by the Romans at Calvary outside Jerusalem in 30A.D. History and the Books of Mathew 27, Luke 23, and John 19, tell the whole story.
Two important things that happened at the ‘death’ and ‘resurrection’ of Christ are: while the blood he shed at death, gave ‘salvation’ to humanity; His resurrection gave us ‘hope’ of eternal life.
The account of the resurrection of Christ is given in Luke 24, and John 20.
The resurrection of Christ was a miracle. Miracles occur when God uses a spiritual law to cancel a physical law thereby making something unusual in science to happen.
For example, in the physical (science) law, a blind eye cannot see, but in the spiritual law, dead organs are brought back to life.
A force is a ‘push’ or a ‘pull’ that is applied on a matter. Force is the cause of motion. It speeds things up, slows things down, and ‘pushes’ things around corners. Force is generally measured in NEWTON, after England’s Sir Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727)
According to legend, in the 1660s, when the Bubonic plague erupted in England the Cambridge University, where Newton was a student by then, was closed down.
On a bright sunny day, Isaac Newton was sitting under an apple tree, an apple fruit fell on his head and he started wondering what pulls the apple fruit down instead of it to keep going up. He then discovered that it was the force of gravity.
FORCE OF GRAVITY
This is the attraction between the earth and all the objects on it. For example, when you drop a book from a table, gravitational force causes the book to fall to the ground rather than to remain floating in the air.
When you throw a stone into the air, a force is applied to it which is greater than the pull of gravity.
But as it rises higher, the force becomes weaker until the stone reaches a point where the force you applied and the gravity are equal, as the pull of gravity becomes greater, the stone begins to fall back to the ground.
UNIVERSAL LAW OF GRAVITY
Newton’s Universal Law of Gravity states: that the force of gravitation is present between any two objects in the universe.
The amount of gravitational force that one object exerts on another depends on two things (a) the masses of the objects and (b) the distance between the objects.
RESURRECTION AND GRAVITATION
The Resurrection of Jesus, worked against gravitational pull, it was indeed beyond science.
Force of gravity has a magnitude of 10 meter per second square approximationaly on the earth surface. It decreases as we go upwards towards the sky.
For example, on the Moon, the gravitational pull is about one-sixth of that of the earth. This means that an object that weighs 60 Newton on earth, will weigh only 10 Newton on the Moon.
Irrespective of the strength of the gravitational pull, the force of gravity could not pull down Jesus from His Resurrection.
This shows His supremacy over the law of gravity.
Easter is the most significant period in the Christian faith because without Resurrection, there would have been no hope for believers.
“He is risen” is an anthem that outlives both rocks and unbelieving people.
“He is risen” was the shout heard around the world when Jesus Resurrected from the grave (Matthew 28:6). His Resurrection has given us faith and hope.
Halleluiah: He is risen and alive forevermore!