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He is Alive!

Consider the dark and solemn images of the days leading up to Easter. It was dark at Christ’s arrest on Thursday. It was darker at His crucifixion and burial on Good Friday. How dark and sorrowful it must have been for His followers as they observed the Sabbath and, in keeping with Hebrew law and custom, could not do any work, much less attend to the broken body of Christ.

But the mood changed rapidly on Easter morning. Christ’s friends and followers discovered that the body was no longer in the tomb. They learned from Christ and the angels that He is Risen.

HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN, INDEED!

What joy overwhelms us with these words! From what appeared to be the unbelievable defeat of God at Calvary we burst into the ecstatic joy of Christ’s resurrection.

Jesus’ friends arrive at his tomb and they’re toldimage
he isn’t here
you didn’t see that coming, did you?
he’s isn’t here
there is nothing to fear
and nothing can ever be the same again
we are living in a world in the midst of rescue
with endless unexpected possibilities

do you believe this?
that’s the question Jesus asked then
and that’s the question he asks now

– Rob Bell

The great hymn “Christ Arose”, by Robert Lowry came to his mind as he was enjoying his devotions one evening. He was impressed by the words of the angel at Christ’s empty tomb, who said to the frightened women, “He is not here, but is risen!” The tune he composed moves from the somber verse to the joyful chorus.

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!

May you today meet the risen Jesus.  May you today experience this victory, because he did this for you. May you reflect on what this means for your community and for yourself.  May you come to know this day is the first day of the rest of your life.

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Today’s poem is inspired by a Facebook Group that I’ve joined called the Lazarus Experiment. It’s all about celebrating what makes you feel alive each day – for the next 40 days. Click on the link and check it out.  Read more about here

So how do you think Lazarus would feel after being raised from the dead? 

What would Lazarus do (WWLD)?

Who turned on the lights
And raised me from my bed,
Why do I feel so alive
After being so very dead?

Jesus you raised me from my sleep
So many were amazed,
Try being dead and then so alive
After four very long days.

I feel a new call upon my life
As I turn away from what was before,
Jesus you saved me from my grave
What shall I do now my Lord?

How about living every moment
Like it was your last,
And tell everyone you meet
About your amazing past?

Sounds just fine with me my Lord
I feel so alive with you,
I think I’ll start a ministry
Called ‘What Would Lazarus Do?’

Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
~ John 12:9

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