He Is Risen!
The sum and substance of Christianity is found in those three words.
First, it means that we no longer have to fear death. Think of the millions of people who have died with the notion of death as only a one-way ticket to a hole in the ground. Think how meaningless were their lives as they lived in constant fear of an arbitrary deity who cared nothing about their temporal or eternal happiness.
Second, it means that we can live lives of purpose, not in order to earn salvation, but because salvation has already been bought and paid for by Christ’s death and resurrection. The mad scramble to make something of ourselves, to impress others, to climb to …