Easter Greetings from Baylor University
Dear Baylor Family,
In the ninth chapter of the Gospel of Luke, we find Jesus praying with only the disciples nearby. After asking them who the crowds believe him to be, Jesus more pointedly asks them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answers, “The Christ of God.”
Jesus instructs them not to tell anyone about this. He then says, “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised” (Luke 9:18-22).
We come to this Easter with hearts ready to accept the gift of Jesus’ love, sacrifice and presence in our lives. Like Peter, we know who he is — he is the Messiah, the Risen Lord, our Savior. We feel his guiding hand and follow his footsteps in striving to love one another as Jesus loves us.
After a year unlike any other in recent history, we yearn for renewal. With Jesus Christ in our lives, there is always reason for hope. Indeed, even among the tribulations we have faced during the pandemic and periods of civil unrest and natural disaster, we have experienced an abundance of God’s blessings in our lives as a University.
Some of these blessings have come in the form of the Baylor Family’s enduring support, and I join everyone on our campus, especially our students, in expressing our deep gratitude to the supporters of our distinct mission. Our role as educators at a Christian institution of higher learning is empowered by Christ’s compassion for all and our dedication to God’s truth. Today, as we continue lifting up one another in prayer and daily assistance, we celebrate the promise of Easter and God’s eternal love.
Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.