When we say Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! We are not merely making a declaration about what happened to one man 2000 years ago. We of course mean that too, but we also mean much more than that. We mean much for than that because what happened means much more than that.
When Jesus burst out of the tomb the first Easter morning, He did so as a promise. One of the first great promises God gave us was after the flood. He put a rainbow in the sky and promised to never destroy the world like that again. On the first Easter, Jesus emerged as God’s living promise that God will put all things right.
Unbelief can’t see how God will put all things right and so despairs. Unbelief can’t see how God can change hard hearts, and so operates under the assumption that things will not change. Fear clouds the mind. Anxiety haunts. Insecurity becomes a tyrant. But Jesus is risen from the dead, and that means God has promised to make it all right. And nothing can stop that: not cancer, not betrayal, not lies, not your failures, not your sin, not your unbelief, and now, not even death.