HE IS ALIVE!
"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ:"Ephesians 5:20
God tells us to be thankful always, but in November we seem to focus more on thankfulness. The first thing I want to share with you is that I am so thankful Jesus is alive!
There is a lot of uncertainty in the world we live in. There are a lot of things in my personal life that cause me to fret and be scared. I don't know what is going to happen from one moment to the next, but the one thing I can be certain of is that Jesus is alive, and because He is alive I have hope.
"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"
I Corinthians 15:3-4
The gates and doors were barred all the windows fastened down
I spent the night in sleeplessness rose at every sound
Half in hopeless sorrow, half in fear of the day
Would find the soldiers breaking through to drag us all away
Just before the sunrise I heard something at the wall
The gate began to rattle a voice began to call
I hurried to the window and looked down into the street
Expecting swords and torches and the sound of soldiers' feet
But there was no one there but Mary, so I went down to let her in
John stood there beside me as she told us where she'd been
She said, "They've moved him in the night. None of us know where.
The stone's been rolled away, and now His body isn't there."
We both ran toward the garden then John ran on ahead
We found the stone and the empty tomb just the way that Mary'd said
But the winding sheet they'd wrapped Him in was just an empty shell
How or where they'd taken Him was more than I could tell
Something strange had happened there which just what I didn't know
John believed a miracle, but I just turned to go
Circumstance and speculation couldn't lift me very high
'Cause I'd seen them crucify Him, and I saw Him die
Back inside the house again the guilt and anguish came
Everything I'd promised Him just added to my shame
'Cause when at last it came to choices I denied I knew His name
And even if He was alive it wouldn't be the same
Suddenly the air was filled with strange and sweet perfume
Light that came from everywhere drove shadows from the room
Jesus stood before me with his arms held opened wide
And I fell down on my knees and just clung to Him and cried
He raised me to my feet as I looked into His eyes
Love was shinning out from Him like sunlight from the skies
Guilt in my confusion disappeared in sweet release
And every fear I'd ever had just melted into peace
He's Alive! He's Alive! He's alive and I'm forgiven.
Heaven's gates are opened wide.