Taken from Bible Alive Easter 2021 www.alivepublishing.co.uk
We are an Easter people – Alleluia is our Song
‘Alleluia’ is an unusual word, native neither to English or Latin, rather it is Hebrew. Like ‘Amen’ its roots are in Jewish soil. This word of praise, jubilation and rejoicing can seem almost unintelligible, like childish babble, as if we are trying to express the inexpressible. ‘Alleluia’ is the song of the Easter people, as if we are saying: ‘In the presence of the mystery of Easter, our usual intelligible vocabulary is inadequate. When confronted with the superabundant mercy, love and power of God we can only stammer and babble in amazement.’
We believe in the Resurrection of Jesus
The Creed crescendoes to the proclamation of our belief in the resurrection of the dead on the last day and life everlasting. We firmly believe that just as Christ is truly risen we too will live for ever with him and he will raise us up on the last day. For as St Paul says, ‘If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you’ (Romans 8:11). ‘The confidence of Christians is the resurrection of the dead; believing this we live’ (Tertullian).