Christ is Risen
Jesus Has Risen
-- From the Gospel of Luke, The Holy Bible (New International Version)
I am not a Christian, and so I hope that those of you who are, will forgive my presumptuousness in quoting Scripture on this holy day. But, the older I get and the more I read into the Christian faith, the more convinced I become that it is the one True Faith, that we are under the watchful and loving eye of the Almighty God, and that Jesus Christ is the Saviour that He was prophesied to be, that He proved Himself to be, and that He was murdered for being.
This day is a beacon of hope for all of us. On this day, the Lord Christ showed us all that evil will not prevail. On this day, He smashed down the Gates of Hell and returned to His followers. On this day, He transformed a group of weak, timid, wavering, frightened men into lions for the faith, who went forth into the world with smiles on their faces and the love of God in their hearts, and often died horrible deaths for their trouble.
And in the process, they spread the Gospel of the Lord to every corner of the Earth.
I say that Mankind is immeasurably better off for that fact.
Rejoice, my friends and brothers. Christ is Risen. He is Risen indeed!
In my original version of this post I neglected to provide a link to the artist of the picture given above. This was entirely my fault and an egregious error that I will correct here. I recommend that readers head over to the website of Jon McNaughton, where you can find prints of the painting above, as well as many other splendid works of art, by a great artist and a good and decent man.