Praise Ye the Lord!
As the Psalmist and other men of God sang “Hallelujah” in praise to Jehovah, so the Church across the years has lifted up its voice in glad “Alleluia!”
We praise the Lord because of His mighty act in raising Jesus Christ from the dead. Death has no more sting, and victory has been snatched from the grave. Because Jesus lives, we shall live also.
At death we go into His presence. We shall know our loved ones, in Christ, and shall be known by them.
The lily is one of the rich symbols of immortality, of New Life, and is familiarly associated with Easter.
Sang the Hymn Writer:
“In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, with a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.”
That beauty, that loveliness, and that glory become precious realities as the Easter Gospel opens our hearts to Christ anew once again this holy Easter season.
So, with new hope and joy and power may the true, inward meaning of “New Life in Christ” rule in all that we think and do and say.
We join in worship this Easter in our beloved Church, with our Church family, so that we may hear the Good News of Christ’s victory and share it abundantly with the world. This we do with a glad and loving spirit.
“Alleluia, Jesus Christ is risen today, He is risen indeed!”
Expecting a Savior
“In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 ESV
The Easter season comes to us gently. It begins with a whisper, a tender calling, a quiet knock at the door. In some parts of the country, spring has already started, but in other places, snow may still hide all signs of new life. We know, though, that undetected, the roots and plants are beginning to prepare for the season ahead. We are expecting a Savior!
The awesome realization that now He was truly to be the sin-bearer of the world came as a heavy burden upon His soul. By Christ’s tremendous sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary we are assured of forgiveness, as in repentance and faith we come humbly to Him. With incredible courage, and without a word of complaint, He willingly bore all this, even the cruel, lingering death on the Cross, for our sake.
Then, making grateful use of “the means of grace,” the sacraments, the Scriptures, the fellowship of ‘the Beloved Community,” His Church, and devoted service, we grow in deeper discipleship.
In this Easter season, let it be our earnest resolve to stay with our Lord and with His Church. We shall be faithful, and while thinking of Heaven, we shall seek to bring something of Heaven on earth by serving our fellow men.
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth." Job 19:25 ESV