It is impossible to overstate how earth-shaking it is that Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, is resurrected.  The one who was shamefully killed by being nailed to a tree is now the Living One.  Death, which had been thought to be absolute, was shown to not be.  Death is no longer the final word.  Someone who had died has awakened.  Jesus is no longer found at the tomb, rather he is seen walking around.  We see him in hardware stores, in supermarkets, in schools, and in hospitals.  This is earth shaking.  One of the most basic assumptions we had about the world has a loophole. 

In the Lutheran Church, we are currently observing the Season of Easter.  Our world views have been so dramatically affected by the Resurrection of Jesus that we cannot contain our celebrations to one week, let alone one day.  For the duration of fifty days, we shout with joy, sing alleluias, and eat meals that point to the feast of victory for our God that we will get to partake in for eternity.  The Lord Jesus Christ is risen; he is risen indeed. 

It is such a big deal that Jesus has risen from the grave, that the Apostle Paul, out of sheer joy and thankfulness to God, mocked Death.  “Death has been swallowed up in victory.  Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?”  The Apostle Paul then proclaims, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  This glorious victory does not belong to Jesus or God the Father alone, but, out of unimaginable love, it is given to us.

God continue to be with you,
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+