A few years ago when I was on active duty in the United States Navy, stationed in the country of Greece, the customary greeting during the Easter season was “Χριστός Ανέστη!”(Christ is Risen!), and the response would be “Είναι Ανέστη Πράγματι!” (He is Risen Indeed). Oftentimes the one who initiated the salutation would then say “Πράγματι! Πράγματι!” (Indeed! Indeed!). The conversation in Hebrew would look like this: המשיח קם! הוא באמת קם לתחייה! ואכן! ואכן!.
I bear solemn witness and testimony of a loving Savior who loves each and every one of us so much that he willingly gave His life for us as sin’s last sacrifice. With his very life, He paid a tremendous debt that He did not owe, a debt that none of us would ever be able to pay on our own. He took upon Himself all the sins of humanity – past, present and future. He who knew no sin became sin for us. When He cried “It is finished!” the plan of redemption was put fully into place and because of His vicarious death on that cruel Roman cross on Golgotha Hill, the gulf between sinful man and a loving Heavenly Father was finally bridged providing for us a way back home to the arms of a loving Heavenly Father who awaits us.
The Good News is that His death upon that cross did not signify finality. Three days later He triumphed over the grave and arose and is alive forevermore seated at the right hand of God the Father. Because of His glorious Resurrection, we too look forward to the day when we shall be resurrected and we shall see Him and know Him as He is. He is the Son of the Living God. He is the Christ! Of these things I do so testify and bear solemn witness, in the sacred name of Him who is the Resurrection and the Life. Even the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
~ Keith Lionel Brown