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He is Risen, Indeed?

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church: He is Risen Indeed!

Help me understand this reasoning of this sign, which surely hopes to accomplish something as it’s read on the street. I just can’t figure out what. What does this declaration communicate to someone who is already a Christian other than a recapitulation of what Christians already believe? From a marketing point of view, what does this communication convey for someone who is not a Christian, given the 2,000 year-old dating of the described event? Perhaps I’m missing something in the message; what is it?

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  1. Dave says:

    This is a quote from the woman who first reported the empty tomb to Peter and the disciples. I have often wondered the same thing, Jim. Churches who post this for the public are talking about something that requires background info (scourging, crucifixion, death, burial, guards posted, angels appearing) that is lacking for anyone reading its message.

    I think by “risen indeed” they are trying to say that Jesus is a living presence in their lives, not a dead historical figure, but the risen part seems like religiosity being offered to the public. “Jesus is alive indeed” might say it better. At least even the most clueless reader has heard the name and probably knows of him as someone from ancient times, so it might prompt curiosity which seems to be what they are trying to do rather than just creating bewilderment.

    For me, he is risen evokes the quoted scripture on an Easter Sunday church bulletin with a picture of a lily and maybe the “praying hands” or some such. Religiosity.

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