He is Risen

You may hear people say "he is risen" on Easter or sometime around Easter. What does it mean? Why is it written in the present tense and not the past? He rose? He has risen?
Well, to fully answer this question, I'd have to write more than a few quick blog blurbs. Instead, I will say that the celebration of Easter is not just about getting the perfectly two-toned dyed boiled egg.

Nor is it about finding the grand-prize plastic egg filled with twenty dollars (yes, I pledge to find it this year! And yes we are having en Easter egg hunt per usual even though we are all above the age of 10.)

Rather, Easter is the celebration of the death and resurrection of the son of God, Jesus Christ who paid the ultimate price for everyone on this Earth to live eternally and live connected to our creator. Now this statement can lose its true depth and meaning when its said so plainly with mere written words. Instead, I would encourage you to watch the 2004 movie Passion of the Christ. It can give you a slight fraction of the real story of Easter. Just a slight fraction though. Oh, and in order to accurately pinpoint what is truth and what is Hollywood, I'd read some of those new testament books in the Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. They really give a better picture than I ever could.

What a blessing it is that our Lord IS Risen. He is still living, active, and ever-present in our broken world. He loves us, and I'm so thankful for it!

Happy Easter!