“Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!” It is the age-old proclamation of the church. This Sunday, we join with millions, living and living again, who have claimed the truth of that statement and lived their lives accordingly. And this, I think, is one of the difficult tasks of the believer, to live a life that reflects the resurrection. To put it into a question, does the reality of the resurrection find expression in your life?
In his book The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey tells a story of a time when he had to speak at three funerals in close succession of friends of his. He writes: “On the day Bob made his last dive, I was sitting, oblivious, in a cafe at the University of Chicago, reading My Quest for Beauty by Rollo May. In that book, Rollo recalls a visit to Mt. Athos, a peninsula of monasteries attached to Greece. There, he happened to stumble upon an all-night celebration of Greek Orthodox Easter. Incense hung in the air. The only light came from candles. At the climax of that service, the priest gave everyone three Easter eggs, splendidly decorated and wrapped in a veil. “Christos Anesti!” he said — “Christ is Risen!” Each person present, including Rollo May, replied according to the custom, “He Is Risen Indeed!” Rollo May writes, “I was seized then by a moment of spiritual reality: What would it mean for our world if he had truly risen?” Rollo May’s question kept floating around in my mind, hauntingly, after I heard the terrible news of Bob’s death. What did it mean for our world that Christ had risen?”
What does it mean for our world that Christ has risen? What does it mean for your world that Christ has risen? This is a question that every individual who claims to be a follower must wrestle with, and then eventually work into his or her daily living. It is also the work we do together in the church through Bible study, worship, and ministry. I am praying for you that the Risen Christ will indeed make a significant difference in your life this year!
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!