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Alleluia! Christ Is Risen!
Christ Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

As Christians we celebrate the Easter Message each Sunday and proclaim the Good News that Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead. And that is why the Easter Greeting is “Alleluia! Christ Is Risen! Christ Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Have you ever noticed that we always use the verb “is” to highlight the present reality of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ? Yes, the Resurrection is an event that happened in the past, but the reality of His Resurrection is ongoing and real to us right now. The Lord Jesus has conquered death and brings us with Him into the victory. You and I are included in the celebration. Our children and their children are also included. The Joy of Easter is Forever. Life with our Lord is forever. 

We who have been baptized have been joined to Christ’s Death and Resurrection. As Romans 6:3-5 instructs us: “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore, we have been buried with Him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.”

I love the last verse in hymn #382 in our Evangelical Lutheran Book of Worship entitled “Christ Is Risen! Alleluia!” which states “Christ is risen! Hence-forth never
death or hell shall us enthrall. We are Christ’s, in Him forever we have triumphed over all. All the doubting and dejection of our trembling hearts have ceased; hail the day
of resurrection! Let us rise and keep the feast.” 

Alleluia! Christ Is Risen! Christ Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless you now and raise you to newness of life, now and forever. Amen

Pastor Paul