April 12, 2009

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!”

Luke 24:5b

Is there one single act that defines Christianity?

  • Is it the virgin birth?
  • The revolutionary philosophies and teachings of Jesus Christ?
  • The great miracles – feeding 5,000, water turned into wine, healing the sick?

While all of these acts of Christ certainly set Him above any other person who has ever walked the earth, nothing compares to His death and resurrection from the dead.

Through His death, Jesus gave His life to pay the penalty of our individual sin. Through His resurrection, Jesus conquered sin and death, offering us that power in eternity, as well.

On Easter Sunday, we celebrate that wonderful moment and the joyous consequences that stemmed from it: amazing, incomprehensible grace for all who choose to accept it. It brings to mind some of the lyrics from those timeless, classic hymns: He Lives! and Because He Lives.


I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living, whatever men may say…

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me; He talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives,
He lives within my heart.


God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow…

Happy Resurrection Day!