SOCIALIST Party president Fred M’membe says values of compassion, generosity, humility and love, if embraced, like Jesus Christ did, will make Zambia a more just, fairer and humane society.
He hopes this Easter “will strengthen us individually, and as a nation”.
In his Easter message yesterday to all in Zambian and around the world, Dr M’membe said the values would make a Zambia, which is tolerant, generous and caring.
He said the Easter week was a very important moment in the Christian calendar.
“This is the time when we remember the life, sacrifice and living legacy of Christ. The New Testament tells us so much about the character of Jesus; a man of incomparable compassion, generosity, grace, humility and love,” he said. “These are the values that Jesus embraced, and I believe these are the values people of any faith, or no faith, can also share in, and admire.”
Dr M’membe said it were values “like these that would make Zambia a more just, more fair and more humane society”.
“A Zambia which is tolerant, generous and caring.
In the book of Luke, we are told that Jesus said, ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’ – advice that when followed makes for a happier, and better society for everyone,” Dr M’membe said.
He said Easter was an opportunity for people to reflect on the triumph of the resurrection, and to give thanks for the all-important gift of grace.
“And it’s also a time to remember the tremendous sacrifice that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured – not just as a Son of God, but as a human being,” he said.
Dr M’membe said like all human beings, Jesus knew doubt, and fear.
“In the garden of Gethsemane, with attackers closing in around him, Jesus told His disciples, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death’. He fell to his knees, pleading with His Father, ‘If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.’ And yet, in the end, He confronted His fear with words of humble surrender, ‘If it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done’,” Dr M’membe said.
He noted that it was only because Jesus conquered His own anguish, fear that “we’re able to celebrate the resurrection”.
“It’s only because He endured unimaginable pain that wrecked His body and bore the sins of the world that He burdened – that burdened His soul that we are able to proclaim, ‘He is Risen!’ So the struggle to fathom that unfathomable sacrifice makes Easter all the more meaningful to all of us. It helps us to provide an eternal perspective to whatever temporal challenges we face,” he said.
“We all have experiences that shake our faith. There are times where we have questions for God’s plan relative to us, but that’s precisely when we should remember Christ’s own doubts and eventually his own triumph. Jesus told us as much in the book of John, ‘In this world you will have trouble.’”
Dr M’membe said Easter was time for people to celebrate that glorious overcoming, the sacrifice of a risen saviour who died so that they might live.
“And I hope that this Easter will strengthen us individually, and as a nation. I LOVE YOU ALL!” said Dr M’membe.