In the early church, the pastor would announce, “He is risen!” or “Christ is risen!” and all the people would respond, “He is risen indeed!” This tradition voices the astonishment and awe that the early followers felt when the darkness and grief of Saturday was flooded with the light of the unthinkable Sunday.
When death was conquered by life.
When the hopelessness was broken.
When the unthinkable happened as he said it would.
What is it like to lose everything you ever thought you wanted or needed, only to have it gloriously and unexpectedly lavished back on you? Well, that is what Easter is all about.