An Easter Message: Jesus Christ IS Risen
Fr. Doug Mills
Make no mistake about it, small words can have great significance. Take, for example, that little word, is – Christ is risen. Though the resurrection took place, historically speaking, in the past, the reality, the significance, the truth, the results of his resurrection are always in the present. Christ did not rise from the dead to go on through life till he eventually died again. He is risen and remains so; he is as alive now as he’s always been.
The resurrection of Christ was an event which renewed the faith of the disciples 2000 years ago and continues to generate faith today. The fact that we know Christ is risen from the dead keeps our faith alive and inspires us as much today as it did those first disciples. In I Corinthians 15:4, St. Paul tells us that if Christ had not risen from the dead, our faith would be in vain. But he is risen, so faith in him has always been present and growing for 2000 years. Back to that word, is…He is risen. This also reminds us that all the truths, and the significance of Christ’s resurrection when it took place historically, are just as true and relevant today. Is – present-tense. This means our justification is verified (Romans 4:24-25). It means that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is available for us (Ephesians 1:18-20). It also means there is always hope (i.e. confident expectation) of our own resurrection (I Peter 1:3).
At the top of this list is the plain fact that Christ is alive, right now, still! He is risen! He is with us as he promised he would always be (Matthew 28:20). He is at the right hand of God the Father, where he is interceding on our behalf (Romans 8:34). Let us not forget that Jesus, being alive right now, always, means that he is our Lord. As our Savior, we owe him our fullest gratitude; as our Lord, we owe him our complete loyalty.
Jesus is risen; Jesus is our Savior; Jesus is our Lord. Since the first statement is true, it is only logical that the following two are also true. Let us celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ by truly being his disciples.