Christ is Risen! So what?

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“Well, judging by the way you are so depressed and distraught over that problem you are facing, I just thought that maybe God was dead. You are certainly acting as if He were dead.”

I heard a person say once, “Christ is Risen! So what?”

Let me give you a personal answer to that, “So what?”

After my wife’s death, someone asked me how I was doing, how I was coping.

My answer was, “Christ is Risen.”

Not understanding my answer the person said, “So what?”

Whereupon I said to him:

If Christ is Risen, then all is well. I have nothing to worry about.

If Christ is Risen, then my sins are forgiven.

If Christ is Risen, then my wife’s grave, and all graves, are empty.

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?” asked the angel. 

If Christ is Risen, then He has opened the door to paradise.

“Today, you will be with me in paradise,” said Jesus to the penitent thief. 

If Christ is Risen, there is no situation in life which is a dead end.

“In the world you have tribulation,” said Jesus, “But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

“When did God die?” a wife asked her preacher husband one day.

“What do you mean?” said the husband. “God is not dead!”

Then the wife said to him, “Well, judging by the way you are so depressed and distraught over that problem you are facing, I just thought that maybe God was dead. You are certainly acting as if He were dead.

Pascha comes every year – and indeed every Sunday – to remind us that God is not dead, that all is well because Christ is Risen, Risen indeed!

What are your thoughts?

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Jessica
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@Terebinth: Agreed. 1st day of Lent, Holy Week and Bright Week I struggle and begin to look away so I needed to hear this too! The start is always the hardest part!

Terebinth
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“Fasting for 40 days is easy. It’s much harder to feast for 40 days.” We yell Christ is Risen during Pascha but how quickly the joy leaves us and we forget the message. Thanks for reminding us of the “So What.”

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