1. The Paschal greeting is found in scripture.
The Easter Acclamation which is also known as the Paschal greeting is a tradition among Anglican, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and some Protestant believers in the Resurrection of Christ. This greeting takes place when one person says Christ is risen", and another responds with “He is risen indeed!", This salutation has become popular on Facebook during the past few years where on Resurrection Sunday morning hundreds post "He is Risen" and their comment section will be filled with " He is Risen indeed." Unlike some traditions associated with the Spring observance, the Paschal greeting comes from scripture. When the women went to the tomb looking for Jesus an angel said to them in Matthew 28:6 .He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. A popular hymn that is sung on Easter Sunday morning in churches is titled Christ the Lord is risen today. The Paschal greeting has a number of variations as some say Indeed He is risen or Indeed Christ is risen. The Danish say Kristus er opstanden! – Ja, sandelig opstanden! and the French proclaim Christ est Ressuscité! – En Vérité, Il est Ressuscité!
2. Paschal reveals the mystery of Passover
The Passover story in Exodus 14 tells us the death angel passed over every home where there was blood on the doorposts. This is why modern-day Jews celebrate Passover. Christians observe the crucifixion. resurrection. ascension and second coming of Christ. Believers are thankful that His blood that was shed on Calvary cleanses us from all unrighteousness and saves us from the second death. Revelation 21:8 As for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."The Paschal greeting is a reminder of what He did on the Cross. When we say He is risen indeed we are acknowledging the reason we are different from nonbelievers. He- Christ, Is-present tense, Risen-restored from death; resurrected, got up, went up ascended into heaven. Indeed- Surely, truly, definitely, absolutely. When the death angel passed over the Israelites' homes it foreshadowed how believers would be protected from the lake of fire. We who choose Christ will be passed over and not experience the second death.
3. Paschal Greeting reveals who He is
Please take note that the Paschal Greeting is in the present tense which is a powerful revelation. . Your phone and computer might try to change the wording to He has risen or He was risen and should that happen please correct the verbiage. Consider for a moment if you will how the women went to the tomb early on the first day of the week and found an empty tomb. (John 20:1). Can't you hear their voices as they led the charge filling the air as went back to town spreading the joyous news that the tomb was empty and death could not hold Him?. Imagine an excited believer announcing " He is risen" and receiving the reply "He is risen indeed." We today utilize the present tense because we serve a living Savior and not a dead historic figure.The old hymn is true that says "Up from the grave He arose" but arose is past tense. John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. There is nothing wrong with saying "Happy Resurrection Sunday" or "Happy Easter" but the bottom line is that He, Christ is risen and He is risen indeed!
The bottom line
The Greeks:will say Christos Anesti! – Alithos Anesti! and in Hebrew: it's Ha Mashiyach qam! – Ken hoo qam! It matters not what la guage you use just be sure you proclaim the good news. True believers should be sharing this truth every day of the year and not only on Easter Sunday, Each time we say He is risen indeed we are saying His death, burial, resurrection, ascension and imminent return are a fact. This is the good news of His gospel that leads sinners to repentance.
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© 2022 Cheryl E Preston