If you have ever worshipped on Easter Sunday (especially in a traditional liturgical service), you will know how to respond.
He is Risen!
You say (and you may already be saying this in your head or thinking it in your mind):
He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!
If this leader/follower statement doesn’t ring a bell for you, it may be that you missed out on traditional liturgical upbringing. Now please hear me, there’s nothing wrong with that. My experience may vary from your experience; but that does not make either of us any less valuable. However you celebrate Easter, it is a celebration of our Risen Lord. This celebration is not only a culmination of the Old Testament promise to the children of God; but it’s a way of life for the Gentile believers in Christ.
An’ Easter way of life’, you say. What does that mean (thank you Standard Lutheran Question)? An Easter way of life means:
- Life free from impending eternal death– John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- A Son or Daughter of the King of the universe – 2 Corinthians 6:18 And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
- Loved– Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
- Bold– Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
So dear friends, on this Easter Monday and each day henceforth, bask in the freedom from condemnation, as a child of the one true King loved and boldly proclaiming this truth!
With the Joy of the Resurrection,