“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” Luke 24:5-6 ESV.
On Easter, Greek Orthodox Christians salute one other with this triumphant greeting, “Christos Anesti!” or “Christ is risen”, to which the hearer responds, “Alithos Anesti!” meaning “Indeed He is risen!”
What a beautiful privilege we have to testify to all the world that Christ is risen! Jesus, Himself said that all generations waited for the privilege to see Him and indeed we all wait to see the Risen Lord in His glory and splendour.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest victory that creation could boast of since the fall of Adam. Adam’s sin brought the curse upon all his descendants and over the entire earth, over which God had commanded him to have dominion. By his disobedience the earth came under the control of Satan, whose names – ‘the thief’, ‘the enemy’, ‘the ancient serpent’, ‘the accuser of the brethren’, ‘the prince of the power of darkness’, ‘the father of lies’ – testify to his role as the author of the wreckage in our world.
Through Christ’s defeat of the enemy of our souls, the children of Eve may crush the serpent’s head. No longer are we under the oppressive control of sin and death. So many times since our birth, sin has struck us on the heel and crippled our walk, but clothed with our Risen Saviour, we may strike back and crush the enemy. For our sins, we have not only forgiveness, healing and cleansing, but also victory. Not all victories are immediate, some require patient waiting, but they are ours all the same.
Remember Daniel’s dream: “As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them, until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom (Daniel 7:21 ESV)”.
The tide has indeed been turned back! After a series of losing battles, the saints will now possess the kingdom and reign with our King forevermore. That day is not far. Our confidence in all this is certain; for are we not, in a sense, witnesses of His resurrection? The Holy Spirit – who comes from the Father, of whom Christ spoke about before His ascension, and who descended upon our souls on the day we believed and repented – has indeed borne witness to our spirits the truth of what we were taught.
Surely Christ is risen!
Jesus is risen!
He is risen indeed!
May this declaration resound
not only in these walls
but touch the lives of all we meet
and forever be the truth
of which we speak…
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