The Lord Is Risen Today!
As we gather to celebrate Easter today, we already know the exciting story of Christ’s resurrection: of the women who loved him and wanted to honor him going to the tomb at sunrise on the first day of the week; of an earthquake and an angel descending from heaven to roll back the stone; of an empty tomb, the appearance of angels, and frightened women; of Mary Magdalene weeping but then talking to Jesus; of her message to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; of the news that his followers soon came to believe: “He has risen!”
Again this Easter we celebrate this wonderful event of centuries past: Jesus Christ arose from the dead. The Son of God broke the bonds of death.
But Easter is much more than a celebration of something that happened more than 2,000 years ago. We sing, “Jesus Christ is risen today, alleluia!” The resurrection of Jesus can and must be experienced over and over again. Whenever a believer is aware of the living presence of Jesus Christ, the Lord is risen again in that person. Whenever the darkness of sin and guilt is washed away, the Lord is risen again. Whenever despair and discouragement are removed, the Lord is risen indeed!
Whatever you may have experienced since last Easter . . . whatever your temptations, doubts, or fears . . . you can know and celebrate the reality of the resurrected Christ today!
The Lord is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed!
Robert Peterson, pastor, Leaksville Moravian Church,
Eden, North Carolina