In Easter, we proclaim for 50 days: alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ’s victory over death does not simply mean that Christ will live for ever. Christ’s victory means resurrection for all who trust in him by faith.
When we pray, ‘deliver us from evil’, we make our prayer from the perspective of this great and permanent victory. Neither cancer, nor abuse, nor depression, nor bereavement, nor dementia, nor an accident of any kind can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
This victory, in turn, gives hope, strength and resilience in every dimension and every period of our Christian lives.