He Is Risen!

by


We’re coming up on a holiday that holds special significance for Christians. Easter is a time when Christians remember that Jesus lived, died for our sins, and rose again. While we’re all feeling the hope of warmer weather on the horizon, we also celebrate the ultimate rebirth after death! My mom passed away several years ago, but Easter is a time when I’m reminded of one of the things that she would say every year. On Easter Sunday, mom would say, “He is risen!” And we would respond, “He is risen, indeed!”

For those of you with a church or Sunday school background, what I’ve said so far makes sense to you, even if you don’t agree with or believe it. But for those who don’t have a background steeped in Christianity, let me explain. Jesus lived over 2,000 years ago in Israel and came to fulfil the promise of a Messiah that the Jewish people had been waiting on for years. Many people expected the “salvation” that the Messiah offered to be political in nature. They expected the power dynamic to change and the formerly oppressed people to finally have the upper hand. When Jesus came and started talking about the Kingdom of Heaven, many people got excited because they thought that they were about to be the ones in charge.

Instead of leading a revolt or rebellion, Jesus taught people to love, forgive, and live lives of discipline and commitment to God. As you can imagine, that message wasn’t received very well by a group of people who had come to believe that the Messiah’s primary goal was to overthrow the Roman occupation and make Israel the dominant political presence in the region. In the end, religious and political leaders came together to agree that Jesus was a problem that needed to be solved. So, the Son of God was put on trial, wrongly convicted, and sentenced to death.

His death brought an end to the need for continual sacrifices to be made at the Temple in order to make the people right with God. Jesus, who was fully God and fully man at the same time, sacrificed His life to give us all the chance to be made right with God. As proof of this victory over sin and death, after three days in the tomb, Jesus rose from the grave. So, you can see why my mom loved to walk around on Easter saying, “He is risen!” and wait to hear the celebratory response, “He is risen, indeed!”

As we head into spring, all of nature is experiencing and celebrating renewal and rebirth. If you need some of that same renewal in your life, I would encourage you to read about the life of Jesus from the Gospels; look in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. They are easy to find online, or you could pick up a physical copy of the Bible. Spend some time reading about Jesus for yourself and have an open mind about how God might be inviting you into relationship with Him as a result of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. That’s a decision that will allow you to experience a resurrection and rebirth that is so far beyond spring and Easter egg hunts. It will have a huge impact on your life and relationships, helping you to win more often at home. He is risen, indeed!