Every year we share in the traditional Easter greeting: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
When we begin our Easter services this way, we join Christians across time and space in sharing in a bold affirmation of faith. It doesn't merely seem that Christ is risen. He is risen indeed.
The greeting comes from scripture:
- Matthew 28:6 - "He is not here; for he has been raised."
- Mark 16:6 - But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here."
- Luke 24:6 "Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again."
- Luke 24:34 They were saying, "The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!"
Contrary to all of history and all expectation, the disciples affirmed that Jesus had been raised and went about telling others. And so shall we. We greet one another with the words and we greet the world in deeds that celebrate our profession of faith that Christ is risen indeed, that Life has defeated Death.