Friday, April 3, 2015

He is Risen

He is risen indeed!

It's that time of year again. It's not just a weekend where we celebrate the fact that (some) schools are let out, and we get to be on break. It's not just a weekend where we all saunter into church with bright-colored, nice, and probably new clothing. It's not just a weekend where we get to sit and watch Passion plays over and over again.

It's the weekend where we get to celebrate the very reason why we as Christians have any hope at all. Yes, it would be nice if we were so grateful for the Lord's saving atonement that we celebrated it all year round, maybe not overtly, but at least implicitly with our actions.

But I don't think one can take away the beauty of celebrating the Lord's resurrection at the time within the Hebrew calendar when He would have risen from the grave.

"We serve a risen Savior; He's in the world today. I know that He is risen whatever men may say. I see his hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer. And just the time I need Him, He's always near. He lives. He lives. He walks with me and talks with me, along life's narrow way. He lives, He lives! Salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart."

Yes, Christ has risen indeed, and lives at this time in the world. And that is the crucial element of our very hope. As the apostle Paul writes in I Corinthians 15,
"But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."
So it would seem that this weekend is just a bit important in the grand scheme of things. Because if we don't have the resurrection within our Christian walk, then we as Christians ought to be pitied. Good thing Christ actually raised from the dead.

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