He is Risen!
What a powerful statement. We often hear it on Easter morning when we enter the church and are greeted by our fellow believers. However, what a meaning is behind it. The sheer concept that our God sent his one and only son to die for those that despised him and were still deep in their sin. That he would be willing to leave the glory of heaven to be born into a fallen world. To lead a perfect life, free of sin. To do the will of his Father. To be betrayed, scorned, and rejected by the world He came to save.
He was despised and rejected by men; A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one whom men hide their faces He was despised and we esteemed Him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53: 3-5)
The good news is that even death could not contain Him.
“But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” (Matthew 38: 5-6)
The amazing and wonderful truth is that through his death and resurrection we can live. That the sting of death is broken. sadness and despair have been replaced with hope and joy. We can have an eternity with our Lord and Savior. As we go out into the world on Easter. Remember it is not about the easter bunny, the baskets, the candy….it is about the greatest gift that has ever been or will ever be given – Jesus Christ. The gift of God’s one and only Son. So we can be cleansed of our sins and iniquities. When you go out the door tomorrow and you are greeted at church with “He is Risen”. Take a moment and remember the sacrifice and the gift and sound off in a loud voice…
He Is Risen Indeed!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17)