Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right…
– Phillips Brooks, “An Easter Carol”
HALLELUJAH!!! Herein lies the HOPE of every Christian on earth! Jesus was raised from the dead by God and now sits at His right hand. When He ascended into Heaven, He left His precious Holy Spirit to help us navigate this tricky life. That’s the GOOD NEWS of Christianity – but guess what? The news gets better… that same Jesus that died for our sins, was buried and raised by God the Father will one day soon be told to come back to earth to snatch His own so we can live eternally in Heaven with Him!
What a surprise we got today when we found EASTER SNOW on the ground. I had to write a new poem!
And here’s an old poem about the cutest little Easter bonnet ever!
There is not one negative fact for me to report, therefore, I have no reason to be anything but positive! God is love… God sent Christ to be love incarnate… Christ willingly gave His very life because He loves us… God raised Christ from the grave and He LIVES!!! That same Jesus IS coming from the eastern sky one day soon to take us home forever. So, make an Easter bonnet from a paper plate, a strand of ribbon and assorted baubles. Apply a bit of lipstick and blush (coordinating colors with your Sunday best, of course) – and BE JOYOUS! The outward appearance is not the most important part – but the JOY of the LORD flowing from within is essential. 😉I asked a pastor once what the difference is between happiness and joy. He said that happiness is dependent on external conditions or situations and joy is not. For example, if it’s payday and the sun is shining and I haven’t had problems with my co-workers, I could very well be happy, but not necessarily filled with joy. A deeper, more meaningful and constant state of mind and spirit is joy – the JOY of the LORD from God’s Holy Spirit, to be precise. Whether skies are sunny or stormy, this deep settled peace and joy from Him keep me floating on faith. Sails of grace, mercy, love and hope on God’s vessel are enough. Just enough. That knowledge makes me joyful.
The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice. – Henry Knox Sherrill
Spiritual power… indeed. Let’s take that power from God with us into the world. HALLELUJAH!!! 🙂