[Christ is risen!]

Have you heard?

CHRIST IS RISEN!

*Grinning widely* I’m guessing that a lot of you are reading this now and wondering if I am on a different timeline here.

Rest easy, the “official” Easter is not here until April 15 (yes, we celebrate it according to the Orthodox calendar since the country is Orthodox).

However, last night, my pastor, a couple of my friends, and I were walking home and all of a sudden, my pastor tells me:

“Christ is risen. Христос воскрес.”

I looked at him: “He is risen indeed. Воистину воскрес.”

We laughed and I passed on the greeting to another friend who just caught up with us.

“Christ is risen!”

She stared at me: “Huh?”

“Christ is risen!”

She still didn’t get it: “Why?”

“Why what? Why He rose? You’re the main Sunday School teacher, you tell us.”

When I came home, I decided to do an experiment. I posted the phrase as a status update on Facebook.

It was so fun to see people’s reaction to it.

“I am confused.”

“But He did rise!”

“Nice. A preemptive strike.”

“You’re a bit too early.”

“Already :) Truly risen.”

“He is risen indeed.”

People got confused by the fact that I reminded them of something that happened about 2,000 years ago.

Christ does not literally rise every year (and sometimes twice a year). He was born, lived, died, and rose a long time ago.

So why are we so keen on observing the dates?

Does that majestic and awesome deed of His only matter to us for one day in a year? Does He rise only when we are done with Lent readings? Is He born only after we are finished with our Advent activities?

I hope not.

Christ is risen.

The salvation plan was finished. His sacrifice has blotted out our sins (if we allow it). He is once again seated at the right hand of the God Almighty.

Let’s keep this thought alive in our minds at all times.

Just for the fun of it, join me in greeting people with “Christ is risen” this Sunday?