April 7, 2013 in Comments
In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. –Edward Mote
As hymnist Priscilla Owens put it: “We have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure while the billows roll, fastened to the Rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.”
I hope your thoughts are still being refreshed by the risen Lord Jesus! Jesus died and rose again to give us peace with God and the peace of God. “I want Jesus to walk with me. All along life’s pilgrim journey- O I want Jesus to walk with me.”
For your reflection –John 20: 1-9 -“He saw and believed.”
Alleluia! Christ is risen! Father, we exult in your glory! We rejoice, turning our thoughts to the One who lives, who is seated at your right hand above every power and authority and dominion.
He’s alive! Mary’s thoughts spun at the empty tomb: Jesus is missing! What happened? Who took his body? But we fix our eyes on the living Christ. Our thoughts don’t have to spin fruitlessly, hopelessly grasping at “reasonable” explanations. Because Jesus lives, we have hope. We are a new creation. We can look at life-giving thoughts, and speak words of wisdom and understanding. Because he lives, we have peace. The unknown doesn’t have to shake us. God is for us, and nothing can separate us from his love.
He’s alive! Peter’s thoughts, perhaps churned in regret: “I failed him. I said I would die for him, but I ran away. Now he’s gone.” But there is now no condemnation. Jesus has reconciled us to himself. We are seated with him at God’s right hand. Because he lives, we are free from the law of sin and death. We are forgiven. Period. Jesus’ blood has cleansed us, and because he lives eternally, this cleansing is powerful. Though our lives are hidden in Christ now, one day we will appear with him in glory.
He’s alive! John saw the same empty tomb –and believed. He might not have understood fully, but still he believed. He recalled Jesus’ promises, and seeing the evidence of the empty tomb, he trusted them more than his own thoughts.
He’s alive! WHAT ABOUT YOU? Jesus’ promise of life that never ends, a life full of grace and glory, freedom and endless joy. Though for a time we endure want and difficulties, we still fix our eyes on what is above, knowing what the empty tomb really points to. Christ is risen, and in him we now share in the promise of eternal life!
“Jesus, you’re alive! In you I live and move and have my being! Praise your name Lord Jesus.”
EASTER (N) EASTER –For Eastern Orthodox Churches, Easter 2013 falls on May 5. On Easter morning in those churches and the Eastern Catholic Churches of the Byzantine rite, those gathered will stand for the reading aloud of The Paschal homily (sermon) of St. John Chrysostom (d. 407A.D.). The sermon concludes with these resounding declarations of Christ’s triumph over death!
He that was taken by death has annihilated it!
He descended into Hades and took Hades captive!
He embittered it when it tasted His flesh!
And anticipating this, Isaiah exclaimed:
“Hades was embittered when it encountered Thee in the lower regions.”
It was embittered, for it was abolished!
It was embittered, for it was mocked!
It was embittered, for it was purged!
It was embittered, for it was despoiled!
It was embittered, for it was bound in chains!
It took a body and came upon God!
It took earth and encountered heaven!
It took what it saw, but crumbled before what it had not seen.!
O death, where is thy sting?
O Hades, where is thy victory?
Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!
For Christ, being raised from the dead,
Has become the first-fruits of them that have slept.
To Him be glory and might unto the ages of ages.
Look forward to see everyone Sunday! Psalm 37: 25-26 –“I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.”
As my cup runs over, I must share the Lord’s bounty with the needy. I must send my family out to be messengers of mercy and grace, both in carrying the Good News and in being the hands of the Lord.
May God give all of you a double portion of his grace during this Easter season so that you can see his glory in a whole new way.
Peace to you,