“He is risen, He is risen indeed!”
No doubt you heard this phrase in abundance last Sunday. No matter how you feel about this phrase, whether you think it’s campy or believe that it’s not Easter unless this is said, the fact of the phrase is true. Jesus is indeed risen, but why do we save this little saying for one particular Sunday? This is a truth that we should be remembering and sharing with each other throughout the entire year.
The resurrection is the validation of Christianity. Without it, we are among the most to be pitied and ridiculed. Without it, Christ was either a liar or a lunatic. Without it, we are still left bound by the ultimate consequence of our sin and are staring into damnation itself. Without this singular truth, Christianity is a lie and all we have in this earth is to eat, drink and be merry because tomorrow is very dark.
1 Corinthians 15:12-19 says,
“Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
I often wonder why we choose to focus on this only once a year. There are many Christians that simply choose to save this phrase for the one Sunday a year we have set aside to observe it. In actuality, the resurrection is something we should be observing the whole year round. We should live the resurrection year round. It is the culmination of our faith, the amen of the Gospel, the magnum opus of Christianity. Without it we are lost. With it, we are victors and heirs to a Heavenly kingdom.
So although Easter is past, don’t wait a year to celebrate the resurrection. It is just as much an aspect of the Gospel as Christ’s sacrifice. Remember the triumph of Christ over sin, Satan and death. Celebrate with great joy the culmination of the Gospel. Above all remember this, He is risen and He is risen indeed.