Friday, March 29, 2013

A Hope That Goes Beyond~

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
~ 1 Corinthians 15:19, KJV

My father’s death had left me broken hearted and bound by a sorrow that would not let me go. As the musicians raised their instruments and the choir lifted their voices, I stood to my feet.

He is Risen jus as He said
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He is risen.

As a child, I grew up hearing this.

He is risen.

Now, as an adult, I showed up believing this.

He is risen.

Surrounded by worshippers on a crowded Resurrection morning, I looked up declaring this.

For the first time in my life, I grasped the hope of the resurrection – a hope that goes beyond death.

As I celebrated this glorious truth, sorrow had to loosen its grip. Death had stolen my father, but only for a brief moment in time. Jesus Christ is Risen and His victory over death ushered in victory over death for my father, too.

Every believer in Christ, who has known death’s sting, will one day be risen to life anew.

The truth of Jesus’ resurrection
left me healed
bound by a hope that

As the musicians lowered their instruments and choir hushed their voices, I bowed on bended knee and worshipped my risen Lord.

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live."
~ John 11:25

Heavenly Father,
Death has been swallowed in victory. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have a hope that goes beyond this life. One day we will see Jesus face to face and be reunited with those who have died loving you. May this, our blessed hope, fill our hearts with joy until that day. In the name of Jesus, the ONE who makes is all possible, Amen~

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