Easter is the central feast for the Christian. Every Sunday is a refreshing of the truth that death no longer holds Jesus. He is victorious over sin, death, and the devil. And he did it all for humans, sinful humans.
The four day period comes to its surprising conclusion this morning. From Maundy Thursday through Easter morning, there is only one benediction, that following the Easter service. Why? Because Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the vigil of Saturday are all of one piece with Easter. Each plays a significant but connected role in the salvation which Jesus achieved.
So, in a few hours, we rise to celebrate and shout, “He is risen!” and we respond with, “He is risen, indeed!” The uncertainty of Thursday, the anguish of Friday, the dark night of the vigil now gives way to the life of the resurrection.
May God richly bless each of us in our worship.