We joyfully proclaim these words on this glorious Easter Sunday morning. They are derived from Luke 24v34: “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon”.
I had the opportunity to discuss Christ’s resurrection with a Buddhist friend last Thursday. What a stunning comparison there is between a dead Buddha and an empty tomb together with a resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. The ‘key’, however, is in that word “appeared” in the verse quoted above. Has the risen Lord appeared to you, in the sense that you have experienced the reality of His living, loving and saving presence?
One of my favourite parts in the Bible is also in Luke 24. Earlier in the chapter, in verse 5, two angels ask the women who had come very early on that first Easter Sunday morning to Jesus’ tomb: “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” It seems to me that they are bemused, almost incredulous – what are you doing here in a cemetery looking for Someone who is alive? The angels then go on to say “He is not here; He has risen!” (v6).
How tragic it is that so many, including my Buddhist friend, are seeking life in a cemetery. But let us beware also, as Christians, looking for spiritual vitality in dead religion. The risen Christ is risen indeed!
Happy Easter and Peace and Grace