In the early church the pastor would announce on Easter morning, “Christ is risen!” and 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 Jesus has done for each of us. Praise his name! Let us rejoice this Easter morning.
Christ has risen!
He has risen indeed!
We’ve all heard the story of Easter. The crucifixion and the resurrection, but this morning let’s make it personal. Let’s visit it through the eyes of one of the witnesses. It was personal. It was real. There were real consequences. It changed the world.