Apr 16 2017

He Has Risen!

Here are some of my favorite Easter reflections via Twitter 2017.

Wish you’d picked the NRSV or the CEB for this.

“If Christ is risen, nothing else matters. And if Christ is not risen, nothing else matters.” – Jaroslav Pelikan  

Nicky Gumbel, Alpha

The resurrection of Jesus is rooted in history, grounded in scripture and confirmed in experience.

When Jesus died on the cross, so did your sin; when He rose from the dead, so did your HOPE.

The cross is bigger than your mistakes, bigger than your regrets, bigger than the secrets you hold. The cross stands above it all.

‘The only thing Jesus has ever abandoned is an empty tomb… He will never leave you!’

– @nickygumbel

5 reasons to believe Jesus is risen 1 Empty tomb 2 Appearances of Jesus 3 Transformed disciples 4 Impact on history 5 Experience of billions


Christos Anesti! Easter Faith’s Great Affirmation

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν,
θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας,
καὶ τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι,
ζωὴν χαρισάμενος! …
Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death,
And upon those in the tombs
Bestowing life!
via Scot McNight http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2017/04/16/christos-anesti-easter-faiths-great-affirmation/

Easter Prayers

Christos anesti! O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


– Scot McNight http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2017/04/16/easter-sunday-the-lord-is-risen/


New life never enters our stories without some gestation, without waiting. –


The Resurrection and Science

I’m a professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, and this weekend, I’m celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. So are dozens of my colleagues. How can this be? http://www.veritas.org/can-scientist-believe-resurrection-three-hypotheses/

A Celebrity Tweet


Question of the Day

He is risenMy daughter, Kimberly, asks, “why do Christians say, “He is risen” when the correct grammar would be “he has risen?”

I didn’t have a ready answer other than to say, “tradition!”

After some thought, I propose this answer: the phrase, “He is risen,” comes from the old English translation (King James Version of 1611) of the angel’s words in the garden, ἠγέρθη (egerthe) in the original Greek – Matthew 28:6-7 and Mark 16:6. Newer translations translate the verb, “he has risen,” but apparently ye olde English translated it (correctly in their time) “he is risen.”

from ἐγείρω
he was raised

Nestle, E., Nestle, E., Aland, B., Aland, K., Karavidopoulos, J., Martini, C. M., & Metzger, B. M. (1993). The Greek New Testament (27th ed., Mk 16:6). Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft: Stuttgart.

Got it?

So, sweet Kimmy,

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!

He is risen, I is risen, you is risen, y’all is risen, we all is risen!

Happy Easter!

And finally, the important question, what to wear on Easter?