The traditional Easter greeting is…

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!

Something happened 2000 years ago on the day we now celebrate as Easter. I don’t know what specifically, because I wasn’t there…but something happened that made a significant impact on the lives of those who followed Jesus. It changed them from fearful, hiding men and women, afraid of what both the Romans and the Jewish religious leaders might do to them…to people who could march–singing hymns of praise!–into the arenas where they knew they would be put to death under horrible circumstances.

I can’t imagine my life and my outlook being changed that dramatically…not without an incredible experience of some type. I believe that however we may choose to understand it, the phrase “the living Christ” refers to something (and someone) who totally changed the understanding of those who were his followers–and who continues to impact people today.

May you be blessed with peace and hope this Easter!