Jesus Christ lives.
Think about those words for a little bit. Turn them over in your mind. Marvel at their simplicity. Be astonished at their remarkable claim. Ponder their significance.
Jesus is not simply some historical figure known to us only by ancient texts, but is a man who is living and breathing at this very moment. Right now, in fact, as you read this, Jesus Christ is alive.
And, because Jesus is alive, those of us who have put our faith and trust in him for the forgiveness of our sin are alive as well. For as he himself said, God is not “God of the dead, but of the living.”
For the next three Sundays, and in a special Good Friday evening service, we will be learning what the books of Isaiah and Luke have to say concerning this great God of the living, of the God who makes deserts bloom, the God who makes lame men leap, and the God who himself comes to save his people.
Invite your family, invite your friends. Invite your neighbors, invite strangers. Tell everyone you know and anyone you meet that Christ is risen from the dead.
Because, dear church, death is not the end, but the beginning.