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One of my favorite hymns which we sing around the Easter season is: Because He Lives – William J. Gaither. The song refers to the risen Christ which Christians celebrate during this time of the year.
In some religious cultures, they keep the bodies of their leaders sealed in glass or they set up statues of the person so that they might look upon them to worship and pay homage to their dead leaders.
In Christianity, however, we believe our Savior lives. He is no longer on the cross or in the grave. The resurrection from the dead of Jesus is one of the most important aspects of our beliefs. We do not worship a dead Lord, but one who is alive and sits at the right hand of God. “Who is he that condemneth? Shall Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, Who is even at the right hand of God, Who also maketh intercession for us.” Romans 8:34
At the age of thirteen, I heard the message of the Gospel from the Bible, and I understood for the first time that God loved me so much that He sent His Son Jesus to be the sacrifice for my sins. I made a personal commitment to accept and serve Him. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. I am so grateful for this gift.
Am I perfect? NO! God’s still working on me, and He will be until I leave this world to join Him. My part is to listen to His Spirit speak to me through His word, strive to be like Him, and to share the message of His Gospel with others. He continues to teach me daily.
Some of you may doubt this and ask how can I be sure this is true? I know it by faith, and by how His Spirit has manifested Himself in Me. I have felt the warmth and peace of His presence during some very dire circumstances. When my forty-seven year old brother died, then my mother in less than a year, and the following year my father, there were no human words to bring me comfort. But the ones where Jesus promised: “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter that He may abide with you forever.” He comforted me and gave me hope in the midst of my loss.
My fifty-four year old husband was also diagnosed with two aggressive cancers, and I was devastated with worry. I heard God’s Spirit speak to me just as clear as if He were standing beside me: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” A peace and warmth came over me and in an instant the fear and worry left me.
I’ve seen the power in other people’s lives who could not help themselves. When they called on Christ, their lives were transformed from ones of hopelessness and sin to active and productive witnesses for the Lord. God loves us, and He will not turn us away. It is us who turn from Him when we do not trust Him.
Oh yes, I do serve a risen Savior, and “Because He Lives, I can face tomorrow.” It matters not what tomorrow brings, I know He will be with me to give me the strength that I need.
My prayer is that Jesus will be very real in your heart and life, and may you feel His presence this Easter as never before.
Blessings. Jan

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