from Revelation 21.5-6
Low in the grave He lay— Jesus my Savior!
Waiting the coming day— Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!
That message alone, should shake one from a long winter’s slumber and rejoice that Jesus, the Messiah, died for my sins and came back to life with and eternal promise of life everlasting. The resurrection was the “body” of proof (the scars were needed for Thomas) for the early apostles, once they were filled with the Holy Spirit, to spread the Gospel far and wide. Because He arose the victor, the disciples were moved to action.
Easter is an action word – we should all be moved to action in truth and love. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Those who believe in Him will have life eternal. Remember the words from Psalm 23:6 (which I always say at the cemetery at a burial to give those words of true hope): “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” WE have this assurance as Christians.
The church event of Easter has now come and gone to remind us of the very love and life that Jesus invests in each of us. As spring promises new life to flowers, trees, grass, gardens, and crops from a long winter’s slumber. Let Christ awaken a renewed promise of hope and joy in your own life that your light might shine bright.