“He is risen!” “He is risen, indeed!” With these words, we greet one another on
Easter morning. It is an appropriate way to celebrate the most important truth in all the world for all time: Jesus Christ died for us and then rose from the grave to purchase our redemption: our relationship with the Trinitarian Lord of the universe is officially and eternally restored.
But believers have always struggled with doubting and divided hearts, and we live in a culture in which truth is relative and subject to alternate perspectives. So then, our Easter morning proclamation is an invitation and an opportunity to exercise faith and encourage one another in the Truth. The Resurrection is not merely a belief, subject to personal opinion or desire; it is the Truth that drives our lives of faith.
The Apostle Paul reminded the Corinthian believers of these very truths in his first letter to them:
If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people
most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the
dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by
a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection
of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all
be made alive.
So as we celebrate Easter, let us not lose sight that our words and celebration plant a flag in eternity as well as mark a pivotal day in history. He is risen, indeed!