He Lives!

Sunday, April 12, 2020
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Luke 24:46 – This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day. (NIV)

Our tour group was assembled on tiers of benches in the Garden of Gethsemane in Israel. We had completed a worship service with communion. As we tarried in our seats, a bus drove in, parking below the hillside where we sat. People thronged off the bus. Their beautiful singing ascended into the air, and while the language was not English, the tune was very familiar, from the glorious Gaither hymn, Because He lives. We joined in. We could not sing with their words, but we sang in our own language: "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow." It was a joyous occasion. We were from different countries and without a common language, but we were united in the faith that celebrates the risen Christ!

In our church liturgy at Easter, we often repeat these statements of faith: "Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!" The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the important key to our Christian faith. As believers, this is the source of the assurance of our forgiveness. It is the source of hope for a future life free from the sin and suffering that can assail us in this world. Hope carries us forward when times are tough. It gives us the courage to go on and not to give up.

Many years ago, a group of us attended a weekend conference that featured Joni Eareckson Tada as guest speaker. In her late teens, Joni had been in a diving accident that paralyzed her from the neck down. Seated in a wheelchair, braces supporting her arms, a small figure in the centre of a large arena, she touched our hearts as she sang and spoke of the Christian faith. Her life had been dramatically changed through the accident. But out of the depths of this terrifying experience, a woman of faith rose up to inspire others through her singing, her talks, her writing, and her art. Resurrection power was and is at work in her remarkable life!

When we live as followers of Christ, we are given assurance that when this life is over, we will go into Christ's presence. Because Christ rose from the dead, we know that the power of God is such that He will raise believers into a new life when the time comes. This knowledge gives us power, for we know that the best is yet to be.

We are invited to follow Christ and live with faith in His resurrection power to lift us up and bring us through when life beats us down. We are called to a life of faith and hope here on earth, knowing that a glorious future awaits us in God's presence. We know, because God's power is revealed through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Prayer: God of mercy, You have demonstrated for us so wonderfully Your power through the resurrection of the Christ who was crucified to bring us salvation. May Your resurrection power work daily in our lives as we follow Your teachings. Enable us to inspire others through the lives that we live as Christians. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Joan Adams

1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Thank you. Happy Easter.

    Amen Joan. Happy Easter!

    EXACTLY, Joan. Thank you.

    Thank you, Joan. He is risen indeed!

    Thank you for that wonderful message.

    A wonderful devotion for Easter Sunday.

    Thanks, Joan. Have a blessed day. Be safe.

    Exactly Joan…so well put. Thank you.

    Hi Joan,
    Thank you for this lovely piece in Presbycan – He is Risen.

    Great post for this special day. Blessings and Happy Easter!

    Thank you, Joan for enriching our celebration of our risen Lord.

    Happy Easter Joan and Carolyn. Your message was enjoyable with much thought on the Easter topic.

    Grateful for your sharing your hope and faith this Easter Day, Joan. Love to you on the Christian journey.

    Thank you, Joan, for sharing your experience in this devotional with us. You reminded me of my own visit to the Garden Tomb. Easter blessings to you and yours.

    I too was moved to deeper faith by the Joni E. movie book and blurbs…Hallelujah….He uses all things to bring us face to face with Him…good thing we don’t have to be 2 metres away!!!

    What an inspiring devotional, just when we need it!
    Thanks for reviving our parched souls with a timeless Message! Blessings for today and always,

    Dear Joan!
    Thank you so much for your inspiring Devotional on Easter Sunday!
    Deeply appreciated.
    Christ has Risen! He has Risen indeed! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

    Greetings Joan,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts in this devotional. Yes, our faith gives us assurance “the best is yet to come” and today as we repeat “He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!” truly enlightens our hearts.
    Blessings for a beautiful Easter celebration today.

    Good morning, Joan,
    Thanks so much for this devotional.
    I think of seeing and hearing Joni at Women Alive. She has an excellent short message on You Tube about the ministry of Joni and Friends during this pandemic.
    Happy Easter to you.

    Oh Joan,
    What a wonderful message you have shared today! I also heard Joni at. Women Alive Conference many years ago. I well remember her sitting in her wheelchair and singing Amazing Grace acapella. Besides a beautiful voice, the one verse that has stayed with me was when she changed the words to: “When we’ve been there ten trillion years…we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise…”. He lives indeed…Thanks be to God!
    Dear Joani,
    Thank you for today’s devotional. I plan to read it again tomorrow.
    May God continue to bless you with health and happiness.
    I listened to many Easter services throughout the day. How good they were! I was shocked that one service had sounds of a live congregation present. At its end were good words: “This service was recorded in 2019.”
    May God continue to hold us beyond the virus.
    And I pray that God will teach scientists how to produce medicines, injections, whatever is effective, to counteract the virus.

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