Christ is Risen!

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said!  Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”    – Matthew 28:5-7

 

Christ is risen!  Christ is risen!  Christ is risen!  Shout it from the mountaintops; proclaim it in the valleys.  Let supermarkets, restaurants, and pubs erupt with rejoicing.  Let the good news of Christ’s resurrection flow from every home.  Death has been swallowed up in victory; Jesus is alive!

Has the reality of resurrection permeated every fiber of your being?  In John 10:10, Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  Jesus came to free us from the grip of sin and death, and to offer eternity in the presence of God.  Yet, for the Christian, eternity begins now.  When we choose to follow Christ, when we decide to live in ways unlike this world, and when we open ourselves up to the working of the Holy Spirit, you and I can experience life to the full – not just in the afterlife, but here and now.

In this passage from Matthew 28, an angel is speaking to Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” who have come to Jesus’ tomb.  The angel points to what Jesus has accomplished, he invites the women to come and see for themselves, and then he calls them to go and share the good news of Jesus’ resurrection with others.

Do not be afraid.  Jesus has given us the victory; he’s leading the resurrection parade.  Now, go tell the world what Christ has accomplished.  Share the story of what Christ has done for you and live in the reality of resurrection.

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