He is RISEN!
Christ is risen indeed!
This acclamation and response has become one of the most common used during the celebration of Easter in the Christian Church all over the world. It declares the glorious news that Jesus conquered sin and death.
After all that happened at Jesus’s trial and crucifixion, the hope of the disciples seemed lost. The darkness of the day seemed to seep into their souls as well.
But, on Sunday morning everything Jesus said was restored by his exit from the tomb. In that moment hope and joy were infused with life and power. The promises of God from ages passed were being kept and fulfilled.
Today we celebrate. We celebrate because what once appeared lost and finished was only just the initiation. The end of one story had become the opening lines of a new chapter of another. And this new story was filled with possibilities never before imagined.