The world pauses today as nearly 2.4 billion Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. It is the high point of the church year, marking the culmination of Christ’s mission and his final triumph over sin and death.
Typically, church attendance swells for the Easter Vigil and Sunday morning celebrations. COVID interrupted this 2,000-year-old tradition last spring, when vast numbers of churches canceled in-person liturgies and services, including here in Alaska. Gratefully, most of these churches are now reopened.
As we prepare feasts and family gatherings, decorate eggs and don our Sunday best, let us fully embrace this day that rises above the struggles and political fights plaguing our weary world. Easter bespeaks a profound unity that encompasses and transcends every language, race, tribe and nation. This is the hope for mankind. A Savior bore our sins, loved us unto death … and “He is Risen!”