Many Christians include a traditional greeting in their Easter celebration. One Christian greets the other by saying, “He is risen!” The other returns the greeting by saying, “He is risen, indeed!”
He is risen, indeed. The dictionary defines the word indeed like this: in fact, in truth…in reality. A Christian saying, “He is risen indeed” is basically saying, He is risen in reality. That is an important tidbit to hold onto when celebrating Easter.
We can be tempted to celebrate Easter like it isn’t a reality. We think of Jesus as a person who lived a long time ago, disconnected from our lives. We remember that Jesus got up from the dead like a history lesson. In doing so, we forget that Jesus is still alive. Because Jesus got up, Jesus is at work in the here and now – in our reality.
Because we forget this truth, the old Christian greeting reminds us that Jesus is risen indeed. Jesus’ resurrection shapes our reality today. Death is no longer the ultimate end of our lives. Jesus is. The grave is not the end of our story. Jesus is. For Christians, the resurrection is not a myth or tradition, but a reality that changes every aspect of who we are and how we live.
As you worship Jesus this Easter, worship Him in the reality and truth of His resurrection. He is alive and present in the His Holy Spirit. He is continuing His resurrection work in the world around us. Lives are being saved. People are being healed. Death is overcome. All of this is true because He is risen. He is risen, INDEED!