Posted on Apr 4, 2021

Itinerant Minister Ralf Friedrichs


HAPPY EASTER FOR
HE IS RISEN!

Those three words are powerful.
They were first spoken to two women named Mary as they went to the tomb after the crucifixion of Christ. The stone which had been rolled in front of the door of the tomb was no longer there.
But one of God’s angels was, and he immediately greeted those two ladies with these words

“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 28: 5-6

These days, particularly today, Easter Sunday, the proclamation of
"Christ is Risen”
and its response
“He is Risen Indeed!" will be repeated over and over.

As we celebrate Jesus’ victory over the grave and commemorate what He did for us as He paid the ultimate price for our sins, let’s take a few moments to think about what the phrase
“He is risen” means.
After His arrest, scourging, and cruel death, many of His followers were crestfallen. They had witnessed His crucifixion and burial. To them, that may have felt like the end. But things did not end there. Jesus didn’t stay in the grave. He rose from the dead on the third day, just as He had said. I can’t imagine what any of His followers thought when they saw the risen Christ. It was probably a mixture of emotions: amazement, disbelief, even shock. Jesus had done what He said. Even death couldn’t stop Him.
For us to say “He is risen” is not only to proclaim what those two Marys heard outside the tomb, it is to s
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