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FROM THE PASTOR - APRIL 2016

posted Apr 1, 2016, 1:26 PM by Linda Dickinson

Dear Friends in Christ,

The chorus of Alfred Ackley’s delightful Easter hymn, “He Lives”, gloriously declares:

“He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and 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.”

Once again in these post-Resurrection days we are basking in the glorious news that Jesus Christ is not dead, but has risen from the grave.  The Easter story is powerful and extremely dramatic.  People are rushing about, angels are appearing, guards are struck down, the stone has been rolled away, the grave cloths are there, but Jesus is gone.  Then the appearances begin, first to the women and eventually to His entire band of followers behind locked doors.  Hallelujah!

I was particularly struck once more this Easter by the statement of one scholar who said that the stone was not rolled back so that Jesus could get out of the tomb (He now had a resurrection body), but in fact it was rolled away so that the women could go in and see that Jesus was not there, that He was alive.  Alive!  Jesus is alive!  He paid the price for our sin and died on Calvary’s cross so that we might be forgiven and live.  He was the Lamb of God and His innocent life-blood washes away our sin.  Glory!

However, there must be personal application of this amazing grace.  The story is so exciting and powerful, but means nothing if we individually have not come to belief and trust in Jesus as our own Lord and Savior.   The personal acceptance of this glorious account having happened so that my sin, your sin, our sin, has been paid for by Jesus is vital.  As Alfred Ackley proclaims, so must we, “You ask me how I know He lives?  He lives within my heart.”  Then the power of the resurrection begins its transforming work in our lives.  Because He lives, we live too, now and for all eternity.  Praise Him!

As spring and new life burst out around us, may God’s creation and the empty tomb call each of us to live daily a life of honor and praise, continually revealing our love and devotion to Jesus, the Risen Savior.

“He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!...He lives within my heart.”  Let’s live daily in this reality.  Amen!

In Resurrection Joy,
Pastor Fred
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