BY KEN DOORENBOS - ON BEHALF OF CROSSWINDS CHURCH IN SPIRIT LAKE
Sing praise to the Lord! The story did not end with Jesus' body trapped in a tomb. Instead of an end, this was just the beginning of a new era, with a new relationship between our God and us. He created this relationship and redeemed us with the blood of His Son, Jesus.
The suffering servant of Isaiah 53 was living and breathing again, with eternal air filling His lungs. Jesus had endured and fulfilled the early verses of Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53.
In his resurrection, he fulfilled the final verses of these two passages of Scripture to unfold (Isaiah 53:11–12 and Psalm 22:30–31).
We live on the backside of the cross, and we can see in hindsight the marvelous ways God made His promises come true. How Jesus took in our sin, died on our behalf and crushed the grip of death. We now have the privilege to help God proclaim the victory, which Christ Jesus has won for a lost and dying world. Love has come, love is here, and love will stay.
1 John 4:16 tells us that we can rely on the love God has for us because God is love. So wherever God is, love is there also.
Along with Job, we can say that we know that our Redeemer lives and, in the end, He will stand on the earth, and after we die, we will be raised to life and see Him with our own eyes (Job 19:25-27).
Because Jesus rose up from the grave, we have a hope that the world cannot give, and a reason to love, since we have been loved.
The light that they knew was grabbed from their sight,
but then it returned more glorious bright.
Death would no longer be reigning supreme.
Its anguish replaced with radiant beam.
Their Lord had come back, nevermore to die
forever to reign as Our Lord Most High.
Unbreakable love and unfathomed grace
all wrapped together in His Holy face.
The crucified lamb had taken death's sting
and gave to the world a new song to sing.
The glory of God once more was alive
to nurture man's faith and cause it to thrive.
Love was triumphant, sin banished by grace.
Forgiveness and mercy stand in its place.
Man's hopeless despair replaced with God's love,
the wings of man's soul as free as a dove.
Help for the helpless, new strength for the weak,
a new open door for all who will seek.
The right hand of God has come down to claim
the hearts of mankind by taking their blame.
(Mark 16:5-6, Matthew 28:2-6, Luke 24:1-6,