Christ, as we will insist with giddiness and mirthful confidence in just a short bit once we are together in worship, is risen! He is risen, indeed!
Frederick Buechner, has properly intuited the reason for our need to rehearse this truism with so much fanfare and celebration:
“Resurrection means that the worst thing is never the last thing.”
Not even that “final enemy” of death, which so seems to have the final word in human affairs. Easter corrects our faulty notions. Christ, in fact, as Victor over the grave has the final say in human affairs, whether living or dying!
“O Death, where is your sting?
O Hell, where is your victory?
Christ is risen, and you are overthrown.
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen.
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice.
Christ is risen, and life reigns.
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave.
For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” St. John Chrysostom – Paschal Sermon
“Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honor, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.” – Book of Common Worship
(Spend a few moments in praise to Christ for His Work, Presence, Promises, and Provisions in your life on this Easter morning…)
Risen Lord Jesus, cause our hearts to burn and our eyes to brighten with joyful recognition of your presence, pardon, and power in our midst this morning as we convene to worship you.
Rekindle our devotion.
Reignite our praise.
Renew our joy.
Let us worship you with gladness and singleness of heart and permit us to thrill at the works of your hands and your trampling over that greedy enemy of death that delights to threaten all our moments.
Praise be to you O Lord, who daily bears our burdens!
Praise be to you O Lord, for freedom from the fear of death, and from Satan and sin’s ruinous tyranny!
Praise be to you, our Risen Lord Jesus Christ! Amen.