He Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed!

"And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus." (Luke 24:3) One meaningful tradition my father gave me as a young child was a special Easter morning greeting. As a young girl, I never understood why we said these words until my father explained that they were the standard greeting of the early church. Whenever two Christians would meet, they would greet the other with "He is risen!" and the other would respond, "He is risen indeed!" In this way, they continually remembered the glorious fact that Jesus rose from the dead, that He proved that He was who He said He was, and that He had authority over death, hell, and the grave.

For thousands of years since that first glorious resurrection morning, people have attempted to "prove" that Jesus never truly rose from the dead. They have made claims that He never died, that the disciples stole His body, that the Roman soldiers guarding the tomb stole His body, or that the eyewitnesses who saw Him alive were simply hallucinating. Even today, modern books and movies attempt to discredit the Christian faith by portraying Jesus as only a mere man. However, Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:3b-4 the truth of resurrection Sunday, "How that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures."

Do you have a meaningful tradition that your homeschooling family observes to remember our Lord's victory over sin and death? Whether it's attending a sunrise service, sending cards with the message of salvation and hope because Christ arose, or simply singing an uplifting Easter song such as "He Lives" in church, counteract the world's Easter of bunnies and egg hunts with the true meaning of resurrection Sunday. He is Risen; Hallelujah, He is Risen indeed! "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." (John 20:31)

Jesus,

Thank You for paying the price for my sins on the cross and conquering death and the grave. Show me how to teach my children the true message of resurrection Sunday, and let our praise glorify You. In Your holy name, Amen.

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