April 02, 2018

He is Risen!

Devotion for the Week...

We did an Easter craft with the kids at our mid-week kids program at church last week. On it was printed the words "He is risen!"

When we got home, Nathan asked why it says He is risen, rather than He has risen. I told him that it's because Jesus is still risen and we left it at that. I kept thinking about it afterwards, though, and wondering which word the Bible uses, so I looked it up and discovered that the word used depends on which version of the Bible you're reading. Here is Matthew 28:5,6 in a few different versions:

NIV - The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.

KJV - And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.

NLT - Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.

Then I did a little grammar research and discovered that used this way, the word has plus another verb is the present perfect tense, which can be used to describe "An action or situation that started in the past and continues in the present." For example, she has lived here for two years.

So no matter which version you're reading, the verse means that Jesus rose from the dead that one miraculous morning, and His life continues into the present. In all of the years between then and now, He didn't die again.

He is still risen!
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