“’Don’t be alarmed,’ He said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.’” (Mark 16:6-7).
Jesus Christ is risen today! Alleluia!
We don’t say alleluia in church throughout the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter Sunday so there are many alleluias heard during mass. This beautiful hymn, “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” is sung loudly from all corners of the church.
It is my favorite part of the Easter service–the beautiful music proclaiming that Jesus is indeed alive. Alleluia, alleluia, He is risen. What an amazing message to hear and believe.
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
It is a festive time in the church. There are beautiful flowers that decorate the altar, the children decked out in their colorful new clothing and songs to rejoice in the news that Jesus has risen. After church, if you are like me, perhaps you will indulge in some chocolate foiled eggs. Honestly, I probably will have eaten some for breakfast.
Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
Even in our chronic illness states, we are given the message of hope this Easter season; hope in our Savior Jesus Christ and ultimately in the reward of Heaven.
I think we are fortunate in a sense because we are in tuned at understanding suffering and rejoicing at triumphs. Nothing compares to Jesus’ suffering. Our illnesses, however, allow us to celebrate the little victories in our daily lives–victories that healthy people may not even notice.
This Easter we will find the quiet time to pray and marvel at what God has provided. For those that can attend church, they enjoy it. For those that see family or friends, they will embrace these relationships. And for those who are home they we will find comfort in knowing that they are loved by our Father and that He gave His son Jesus for our salvation.
Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!
Prayer: Dear Lord, Easter is an amazing time of year where we can really reflect on the great sacrifices that Jesus endured for us. Thank You, God, for giving us Your only son Jesus, who died, was buried, and rose again for our salvation. Amen.
About the author:
Laura Seil Ruszczyk lives in New York with her husband and three kids. She loves the Easter Season primarily for the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. She must admit, however, that she has a great affinity for chocolate foiled eggs.
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Happy Easter! Enjoy!