“Christ the Lord is Risen Today”
Today is our Easter. In the Christian faith this is the holiest of days. We believe that on this day, Jesus Christ, who was crucified and buried, rose from the dead. The Christian Gospels tell the entire story. See Luke 24:1-12 for example.
In the Christian Church there are many days and rituals involved in preparing for this great day. Generally, Lent (the 40 days prior to Easter) is the period of time devoted to reflection, penitence and preparation for celebrating the commemoration of the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In the Christian faith he is considered the Son of God, sent to redeem mankind. This day represents fulfillment of the promise that God made to man for his redemption. It is a day of great joy and exultation.
The people of this nation have been on a journey together these past few years, a journey that has intensified in the past several months. The other day I realized that there were some similarities between the preparation for Easter and what we’re going through as patriots. Easter’s preparation calls for introspection, and examination of our lives and how we’re living them. We note the pain in our personal lives, we note our struggles, our disappointments, even our anger about unfairness in life, and we don’t know how all of this will turn out. From a broader perspective, that same notion is applicable to our efforts as patriots and the challenges we face as a nation. There have been times we’ve been ready to give up, when the burden we carry seems too much; our bodies and spirits are weary. Then it occurred to me that our period of preparation for Easter is similar. Frustration and cares of the world get in the way of our journey. We’ve forgotten to “let go, and let God.”
Let go, and let God. That’s a phrase I often have to remind myself to think about, especially when I see fellow patriots doubting themselves, their cause, and even their faith. We ask how much can we endure? How much sorrow and disappointment? And the ultimate question – can we prevail? The answer to this came when a friend made the statement, “Cling to the promise of tomorrow.” For Christians, Easter is that promise of tomorrow. God, the Creator promised us and gave His Son for the redemption of mankind. Even people who are not Christians, but believe in The Creator, can find hope in the Presence of God.
The Founding Fathers believed in the Creator. The Almighty was the cornerstone of the foundation laid out for this nation. The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution with this absolute trust and faith in mind. The foundation was poured for future generations. All who come to this land will be able to share in the Blessings endowed by The Creator. Where does this lead us? It leads us to the promise of tomorrow for America. It is because America is a people of faith, and we understand that Someone, much greater than ourselves, guides this nation; and it is because of this we can have faith for America’s survival and redemption. This nation can cling with a surety to the promises of tomorrow, just as Easter is a Christian’s assurance and promise for Redemption.
Easter promises mankind Eternal life. Easter offers us optimism, true hope and joy. Our Easter gives us cause to rejoice, and we do rejoice. Yes, Christ the Lord is Risen today.
He is Risen, indeed He is Risen.