Warm Greetings and Happy, Victorious Easter…HE IS RISEN!
Words cannot express the stunning, awe-inspiring Good News those three little words represent for mortal man. Words that had waited to ring from Heaven since before the beginning of Time and Creation. The triumphant Resurrection words of God The Father: “Come forth, My Son. Arise to Me, My Son.” The Lord Jesus Christ! – Conqueror of death, and the open “Door” to the presence of God and the glories of eternal life!
How Heaven must have cheered with angelic joy – those same angels who, hours before, had wept at the sight of Jesus, The Son of God, dying on an old rugged Cross. How the Roman soldiers, the priests and scribes, those who had mocked the gentle Savior Christ Jesus, must have trembled with fear as the veil of the Temple was torn in two, from the top to the bottom; and a mighty earthquake struck the moment Christ died. How the little children must have wondered why the dark of night fell thick upon Jerusalem in the middle of an afternoon.
And who can tell what reverberations were felt within the uncountable millions of stars, suns, and galaxies, whose origin came from the Creator hand of The One upon the Cross. Those brilliant jewels in the sky above us that are held in space by the Word of His power! (Hebrews 1:3) And of which the Scripture says: “For we know that the whole creation groaneth, and travaileth in pain together until now.” (Romans 8:22). Yes, all creation was impacted by the events of the Cross of Christ on Calvary. And all creation in God’s vast universe is blessed by His Resurrection.
For years I have wondered if the Resurrection may have been understood in a vision or dream given to Joseph, the Old Testament patriarch and administrator of Pharaoh’s Egypt. He was so emphatic regarding the ultimate resting place of his bones when he died. Genesis 50:24 states Joseph said to his brethren: “…I die, and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which He swore to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” Joseph even took an oath of the children of Israel that they would take his bones with them when they left for the Promised Land.
This was not a whim on Joseph’s part. Hebrews 11, the great “faith chapter” of the Bible, tells us in verse 22 that it was “By faith…Joseph gave commandment concerning his bones.” Two hundred years later, as Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt’s captivity and across the floor of the Red Sea, he did not forget to take Joseph’s bones with them. (Exodus 13:19)
So, by faith, Joseph was buried in the Promised Land. The Land of the birth of God’s Son, Jesus; the Land of His miracles and ministry; the Land of His sacrificial death on Calvary and the Land of His mighty Resurrection!
So great was the Resurrection power of Christ, that when the earth shook, “…graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared to many.” (Mathew 27:52,53) They were the “small sheaf” of the great harvest of the “Redeemed of The Lord!” that would follow later. Was Joseph in that “small sheaf?” Did he have revelation knowledge that impelled him to be buried in the Land “for such a time as this?” Personally, I’m all for Joseph being one of those saints who did walk out of their graves into Jerusalem, testifying that, “Now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept.” Hallelujah, what a Savior!
“HE IS RISEN!” That declaration split the history of this world in two: before the Cross and after. Hallelujah! Death is conquered, shattered and abolished once and for all by The victorious Christ Who rose from the dead that Easter morning. He was …“declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:4)
It is the resurrection of Jesus that sets Christianity apart from all other religions. Only Jesus leaves behind Him an empty tomb! And with unassailable assurance Jesus tells all who believe in Him, and trust Him as their Savior, …“Because I live, ye shall live also.” (John 14:9)
How easy it is for a child to grasp that truth. I recall a wonderful demonstration of a child’s joyful response in the face of death. It was around Easter time, and my husband Dale, Kevin, Keith and I were at the cemetery service of a dear Christian friend. It was the closing minutes of quiet prayer.
Suddenly, a group of little children began plucking roses from the many wreaths around the grave. Spontaneously, they began to skip and dance among the gravestones, singing, “Jesus loves me,” as they handed a rose with a smile to each adult. What an act of worship! Their roses became waving palm branches of the triumphant resurrection: “O, death where is thy sting? O, grave where is thy victory?” To such Kingdom of Heaven little citizens I dedicate my Christian Mother Goose version of “Ring-A-Ring O’ Roses.”
HE IS RISEN! HE IS COMING BACK! This was in the heart of those little dancing disciples with roses and smiles.
Yet, from the day of the resurrection of Jesus, when the two Marys ran the first resurrection “marathon” to tell the good news to His disciples that The Lord was risen – even until today – many attempts have been made to explain away the empty tomb and the many appearances of The Living Lord – all to no avail.
When will the poor, unbelieving heart realize (as a British Bible teacher once said) “Our arms are too short to box with God.” How much better to believe that God really loves us and has shown it by the great salvation in Jesus, offered to all, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
And so dear friends of the Fellowship of the Blog, we can see the testimony of the words, “Because He lives!” all around us. The “Son of righteousness has risen with healing in His wings.” Healing for all that is wounded in our lives. His Resurrection brings us new life, bright new hope, new encouragement, new strength and new peace and joy. Our Easter Champion, The Lord Jesus Christ, strongly reminds us, saying: “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
So be of good cheer, fellow earthlings. And as the early Church greeted one another with “HE IS RISEN!”…and their friends responded with, “HE IS RISEN INDEED!”…may we exchange that same joyful greeting this Easter.
Happy Easter and Many Blessings to You and Your Family,
Christian Mother Goose®