Food for thought    Easter Sunday 12th April 09

If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave,
but it won't stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise!
Clarence W. Hall

My Easter song

Morning is here Jesus is mine
Night curtains open golden rays
onto my eyelids warming my mind
Resurrection's dawn has left darkness behind

Jesus is risen just like He said
I'm risen too awake from the dead
Secure in love now no more to dread
Songs of deliverance
surround my head

Jesus came shining through
all my tests
With flying colours answering my quest
Could he still love me? The eternal YES
Makes its home forever here in my breast

Jesus is near fears take their flight
Visions so golden burst on my sight
Where there was darkness
There's only light
Jesus is risen ending my night

by Shirley Howitt





The Lord is saying: Look up now and look towards the bright future I have promised, for have I not said that the plans I have for you are good. Look outward for the shakings have disturbed you and caused you to become introverted a little. Therefore, rise up, shake yourself off and focus, for I have good things in store and it will take some preparing on your part for the day that the stage curtains open.

More has been gained in the resurrection of Jesus than was lost in the fall.” More gained than lost? Can it be true?

Each day we experience the damage caused by sin entering our world. Greed, injustice, and cruelty all trace their origins back to Adam and Eve’s decision to follow their own path rather than God’s (Gen. 3). The legacy of their disobedience is passed down to every generation. Without God’s intervention, we would be in a hopeless situation. But Jesus overpowered sin through His cross and conquered death through His resurrection.

The victory of Christ is celebrated in Romans 5, often called the “much more” chapter of the New Testament, where Paul contrasts the devastation caused by sin with the restoring power of God’s grace. In every case, grace overpowers the consequences of sin. In a grand conclusion, Paul says: “Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (5:20-21).

No matter how much we have personally lost because of sin, we have gained far more through the resurrection victory of Christ. — David C. McCasland

Sin and despair, like the sea-waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater—yes, grace untold—
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

—Johnston © Renewal 1939 Hope Publishing.

Our sin is great—God’s grace is greater.









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