By this the love of God
was made manifested to us,
that God has sent his only begotten Son
into the world so that we might live through him.
In this is love, not that we loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son
to be the complete payment for our sins.
I John 4:9-10
Through the centuries since Jesus’ resurrection, the customary Easter morning greeting has been “Christ is risen!” and the response is “Christ is risen indeed!” This joyful exclamation announces our belief in the ultimate victory of God over sin and death. As the following readings proclaim, the living Christ is creatively present in every circumstance of life. With Christ, every day is graced by the hope of the resurrection.
Rev. Frederick Buechner: So what do I believe actually happened that morning on the third day after Jesus died? I can tell you this: that what I believe happened and what in faith and with great joy I proclaim, is that he somehow got up, with life in him again, and glory upon him. And I speak plainly here. He got up. He said, “Don’t be afraid.” To the rich, the poor, the child, the elderly, those who believe and those who do not, the dying, the scared, the sick, the lost – he said, “Don’t be afraid. I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” The proclamation of Easter Day is that all is well. Love is the victor. Death is not the end. Christ the Lord is risen!
Rev. John Stott: The Resurrection of Jesus has a tremendous message for us! It tells us we can live every day of our lives in the power of Christ’s resurrection, that supreme exhibition of the divine power of God. Are you burdened, defeated, overwhelmed by worries, fears, and responsibilities? Then think of the resurrection of Jesus. Ask God to open your mind and your heart to the immeasurable greatness of the power that raised Jesus from the dead. Then look to God in quiet, steady confidence, as his great love and creative, life-giving power strengthens your faith and sustains and guides your life.
He is Risen Indeed!
The resurrection of Jesus Christ
changes the face of death.
Death is no longer a prison,
but a passage into God's presence.
(Clarence W. Hall)
The resurrection gives my life
meaning and direction
and the opportunity to start over
no matter what my circumstances.
The great gift of Easter is hope -
Christian hope which makes us
have confidence in God,
in his ultimate triumph,
and in his goodness and love,
which nothing can shake.
(Basil C. Hume)
The resurrection completes
the inauguration of God's kingdom...
It is the decisive event demonstrating
that God's kingdom really has been
launched on earth as it is in heaven,
and you are now invited
to belong to it.
(N. T. Wright)
This has been the Father's work
from the beginning -
to bring us into the home
of his heart.
He is not here: he is risen!
“I am the resurrection and the life.
The one who believes in me will live,
even though they die;
whoever lives by believing in me
will never die.”
Praise be to the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In his great mercy he has given us new birth
into a living hope through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead.
I Peter 1:3