Sunday, April 5, 2015

Because He Lives

Today we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, and the hope we have “Because He Lives.”

Two years ago, my daughter was born and my grandfather died a month apart.  That Easter (the week of my grandfather’s death) my church sang that precious and familiar hymn.

As I held my sleeping infant, the words penetrated my heart reminding that in the newness of life and in the passing of death, there is hope.  That hope is Jesus Christ.

To this day, I can’t sing the words of the song without tears staining my cheeks.  Within one month’s time my family rejoiced with the enthusiasm and jubilee that comes with the pure blessing of a new life, and we mourned the loss of a great man and father.  In the mist of such incredible joy and sorrow was peace “Because He Lives!”

I pray that no matter what you are facing today, you find comfort in the empty tomb!

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,

And feel the pride and joy he gives;

But greater still the calm assurance:

This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,

Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,

And life is worth the living,

Just because He lives!

And then one day, I'll cross the river,

I'll fight life's final war with pain;

And then, as death gives way to victory,

I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives!

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