Saturday, April 3, 2010

Christos Anesti!

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11

Through His power and wisdom, God created the world. His explosive power can mend relationships, bring the debtor's finances into order, and save the soul lost in sin. And He has the ability to heal all disease. But the greatest display of His power was shown when God rose Christ from the dead. The Holy Spirit breathed life in the dead body that knew no decay. Now Jesus lives again. He is risen! The stone has rolled away and the hardened hearts of those that embrace Christ's sacrifice are transformed into hearts that are soft and supple under the hand of the Savior.

This Easter Season, let us rejoice in the fact that God's power is available to us. If you are feeling weak and worn, spend time in the Master's presence. His power will raise you. He will strengthen you in His great love. Let us reach out and receive miracles from His hand. But let us not forget that the greatest gift of all is the salvation He wrought for us through His death, burial, and resurrection.

When I used to attend the Greek Orthodox Church, we had a wonderful tradition. During the Easter Season we would greet each other with the words “Christos Anesti!” (Christ is Risen!). The person would reply by saying, “Alithos Anesti!” (Truly He is Risen!). So I say to you, "Christos Anesti!"

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