Rising He Justified Freely Forever

My heart is full and rejoicing this Easter morning. I can’t resist sharing another song with you. I suggest you play it and sing along at the top of your lungs believing each word. Your heart will then be rejoicing too!

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

Living, He loved me, dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

Living, He loved me, dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my beloved one, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine

Living, He loved me, dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day

Where Would We Be

I love Easter.

This Easter I have a meaningful word picture in my mind of it’s meaning from Next Door Savior.  You’d get much more out of the way Lucado writes it, but here’s my abbreviated version. In one chapter Lucado writes about people burdened, discouraged and weighed down by bags full of trash. Their “trash” of hate, jealousy, selfishness, pride, etc. was becoming unbearable, but then they heard of Someone taking people’s trash. They follow the trail of people taking trash up a hill and leaving it all there. He takes their trash. The next day they are utterly amazed when they see Him still standing.

He is more powerful than all our  burdensome “trash.”

And since I think most things are described best in a song…

Easter

For starters, I like Easter egg hunts. I think they’re a fun activity for little kids, and I like chocolate, Jelly Bellys and Starburst jelly beans. Somehow last weekend, I completely missed the Easter egg hunt that was one block away from our house. I am a little worried now about what people thought of me when they drove by while we were outside playing but not attending the town activity. I obviously have not fully acclimated to small town life. I guess the way you know about these things is by reading the signs in the post office, and I obviously did not do that.

I asked some of the kids I worked with this week what Easter is. I’d be generous if I said one of them could tell me the real meaning behind Easter. It shocked me, and I did my best to give them a little history lesson.

I think the true meaning of Easter is a terrific thing to celebrate. Did you know there’s actual solid evidence that Jesus died and came back to life? To know that my God has power over sin and death means He really has power over everything that concerns me. I find amazing comfort in that.

We’ve been listening to a lot of Lincoln Brewster lately. The song “Salvation is Here” is not fully an Easter song, but it feels like my Easter song this year. The line “it’ll be all right” actually always makes me smile because it’s such a trite phrase, my grandma used to say it frequently and now we say it often in honor of her; but really, if we have Jesus on our side, in the end, “it will be all right!”

I know my God saved the day,

and I know His Word never fails,

and I know my God made a way for me!”