Sunday, March 31, 2013

He Keeps His Promises

He is risen!

Sometimes it's easy to forget the reality of Easter, right? To say these words out of habit. Do we really believe them sometimes?

As someone who grew up in a Christian family, Easter was an assumed reality in my life. But I remember that when my mom told me that Easter was more important than Christmas, I was shocked. Without presents and traditions and holiday hullabaloo, that was hard for me to wrap my little brain around.

Even in a historical sense, it's somehow easier for me to picture a little miracle baby being born into the cold, hard world than it is for me to picture a man, dead and tortured and buried beneath pounds of linen and cut off from the land of the living in a heavy stone tomb, walking free three days later.

Than again.

If that happened? If the physical world is only a shadow of what's to come? If these earthly bodies are just temporary homes for our eternal soul? Is it so hard to see how an almighty, all powerful God could breathe life back into a body?

It's not so much of a logical stretch to realize that if the resurrection did indeed happen, well, that changes everything.

In Christ alone, my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My comforter, my all-in-all
Here in the love of Christ I stand

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost it's grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand

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