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Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
The Easter season, also known as the Great 50 Days, began at sunset on Easter eve and continues through the Day of Pentecost. This is a season for celebrating with joy Christ’s resurrection and ascension, and the giving of the Holy Spirit on the first Easter (John 20:22-23) and on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2).
Ascension Day (May 20), when Jesus ascended to heaven, is the 40th day after Easter.
Pentecost (May 30), the 50th day after Easter, comes from the Greek word for 50th, pentekoste. Greek-speaking Jews called the Jewish Feast of Weeks the Day of Pentecost. Acts 2 tells how the anxious and fearful disciples, who had gathered on the Day of Pentecost, were filled with the Holy Spirit and thereafter preached boldly the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Easter season reminds us that Jesus said, “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). The risen Christ is with us every day. Christ is risen, and is here today – here in our midst; here in our hearts; here in the words we speak; here in the love we show; here even in our questions and doubts; here to share his power, his truth, his strength, his faithfulness, his glory, with all who would receive it.
Christ is risen and here today – here to do what we cannot do for ourselves; here to grant us the victory over sin and death; here to open to us the way to God; here to lift us up when we fail; here to forgive and heal; here to transform and make new.
Easter is the good news that the risen Jesus is in our midst right now – in our church, community, household, work and world. It’s the good news that Jesus triumphed over evil and death – and so will we, when we open our hearts to him.
It’s the good news that Jesus is ready to work miracles for us, if we let him. It’s the good news that nothing can destroy us anymore – not pain, sorrow, rejection, sin and not even death itself.
This is what Easter is all about. Christ has risen! He has risen, indeed! Alleluia!