Every Easter my dad comes into the living room and announces to us all, "He is RISEN!!" and in response each one of us is expected to respond, "He is Risen INDEED!!" It is just a sweet memory I have of every Easter at home, and this morning I waited for my call-and-answer Easter response and it came (via text) without fail :) I was so blessed to receive it and know I was not forgotten all the way in Texas.
What a joy to be able to announce "He is RISEN!"... this is the hope of our faith in Jesus Christ. "The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations..." (Luke 24:46,47) Without Jesus rising from the dead, nothing would set our faith apart as the ONLY TRUTH. Praise God that we serve a RISEN LORD and we can trust that our hope is assured and our future set if we have trusted in HIM as Savior. Even though Christ has risen from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven, he did not leave us alone... "I am going to send you what my Father promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power on high." (John 24:49) He left us with the best gift of all, His Holy Spirit that gives us the power for all things on this earth and the promise of our salvation. Praise the Risen Lord!!
Happy Easter!! Love, Matt and Lauren