Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ, the end of the passion and atonement. It symbolizes the beginning of our salvation paid in His blood as : "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16 NIV).
Though no human sacrifice can be compared to the divine grace of God, we have sacrificial lambs locked up in jails just because they stood up for justice, peace, equality, liberty and the respect of the dignity of their fellow citizens. Falsely accused of treason and genocide by one of the most outrageous tyrant ever known in human history, they are suffering for us all carrying the yolks of tyranny so that others will live in freedom. They have chosen humiliation so that the dignity of their poor people will be restored. Our candles of freedom are shining at the darkest corner of tyranny.Ethiopians are indebted to the great heroes and heroines who have been willingly facing the brunt of injustice. It is incumbent upon any peace-loving Ethiopians, in and outside of the country, to glorify those who have humiliated themselves to bring a better day to a our wretched land. As we celebrate Easter, let us remember the popular leaders, Professor Mesfin Woldemariam, Ing. Hailu Shawel, Dr Berhanu Nega, Dr Yacob Hailemariam, Dr Hailu Araya, Bertukan Mediksa…, journalists and human rights activists, who have given themselves as sacrificial lambs. Let us leave aside our differences and stand in unison to bring the sacrifice of those killed, jailed, humiliated and tortured to fruition.Sooner or later, their sacrifice will bring about the end of tyranny and Ethiopia’s salivation and redemption. Sooner or later we will also sing: “Free at last, free at last…Thank God almighty we are free at last,” as slavery has never been eternal.“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” [Matthew 23:12] Amen!