He is risen. He is risen, indeed!
Christians throughout the world will exchange this greeting this morning, many at sunrise services.
We celebrate and remember the empty tomb that could not contain the resurrected Jesus Christ, the long-awaited Messiah who came to free all mankind from sin so each and every believer might live forever with Him, too.
Can you beat that?
What do I or you have to do to "earn" that?
Nothing. There is no "earning" a gift.
Every man, woman, boy and girl born on this planet is eligible for this gift. Cool, or what?
You only need accept it.
No education, income, race or nationality has an exclusive lock on this gift.
This Jesus is an "exclusive" offer to eternal life. No other "way" will get you there.
Much has been written and said about Jesus by a wide variety of folks, whether skeptics or believers, since His death and resurrection around 33 A.D.
I think C.S. Lewis sums it up very clearly:
“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done."
So, what will you do with this Jesus?