Christ is risen from the dead. He is risen indeed. Sin is dead. Death is dead. The devil, the Accuser, is struck down, cast down, and his head has been struck with a mortal blow. Sorrow and suffering are swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? And so the exhortation is to worship the Lord like this is true, beginning with confessing your sins. This Easter joy, this Easter triumph is the death of our sins, and therefore the only way to have this Easter joy is to agree with God that they are in fact dead. All your envy, all your bitterness, all your worry, all your ugly words, petty idols, and appalling pride – all of it is dead. It died on the cross. So leave it there. Confess any of it that remains. Sin is death, and death is dead because Christ is risen from the dead.