As long as I can remember, this was the greeting on Easter Sunday morning. What a great, great affirmation of our faith, in such simple, yet powerful terms! “He is risen, indeed!” There can be no doubt about it.
Oh, I know that the skeptics will say, “Prove it!” Science says, the dead stay dead. And the skeptics will pull out their biology notes that prove that death cannot be reversed. They’ll go into a thoroughly scientific description of molecular or cell biology. Faith is for the ignorant.
Some skeptics will accuse the faithful believer of holding on to this archaic belief as a crutch. Faith is for the weak.
Others will say that the resurrection was staged by the close friends and disciples of Jesus, or that it was actually orchestrated by the members of the Roman guard to keep from beingkilled for not performing their tomb-guarding duties well.
There are so many ways the doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus has been attacked over the last 2,000 years.
And yet, the Church of Jesus Christ has survived it all? How could that be? How could a made-up story be able to withstand the onslaught of so much scrutiny and skepticism?
The answer: The resurrection of Jesus the Christ was a miracle from God! It was God’s greatest gift to the world! It was God’s way of saying, “Nothing can keep me from loving you, my children. Not even the stench of death itself!”
The next time someone tries to put a wet rag on your faith, smile at them and say, “He is risen! I believe and receive it in faith. Won’t you come to Him and receive His gift, too?”
HE IS RISEN, INDEED!