Sunday, March 23, 2008

He Lives

I hope all of you have had a good Easter this year, rejoicing in the resurrection of our wondrous Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I had a pretty good day myself.

I wanted to post something on this day to express how I feel, but the muse just isn't working in my favor to write something incredibly beautiful or awesome. So I'll just keep things brief.

I love Jesus. I love Him for loving me so much, even when I don't feel very lovable myself. I love Him for always being there for me. I love Him for teaching me, correcting me, and showing me a better way to live. I love Him because He loves all. I cry tears of joy just thinking about how much good He has brought upon this world. I cry tears of joy just thinking about how great His love for us is, that He would willingly lay down His life as a sacrifice for our sins—accepting the punishment we all rightly deserve ourselves.

I think about when Jesus appeared to Peter after the resurrection and He asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” And I cry when Peter finally gets it and realizes Jesus is asking him in order to take away the guilt he'd had for having denied knowing Him. I just love that story. I love how it shows that Jesus is willing to come to us no matter what we've done. He has so much compassion and love for all of us. He's just so amazing in every single way.

I wanted to include here the lyrics to one of my favorite gospel songs. It's called “He Lives,” written by Alfred H. Ackley. I think it sums up pretty well how I feel right now. I hope all of you enjoy. And Happy Easter!

He Lives”

I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today,

I know that He is living, whatever men may say;

I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,

And just the time I need Him, He's always near.


He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today?

He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way;

He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see His loving care,

And tho my heart grows weary I never will despair;

I know that He is leading thru all the stormy blast,

The day of His appearing will come at last.

(Repeat Chorus)

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing

Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ, the King!

The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find,

None other is so loving, so good and kind.

(Repeat Chorus)


Jim Jordan said...

I second that devotion. Happy Easter, brother.

RikFleming said...

He lives INDEED!

Anonymous said...

I love your heart of worship Brandon. And I enjoyed reading the lyrics to that hymn. I grew up singing it, but never really knew the words to the verses due to my hearing loss. Great message. I love hymns.

Jay said...

Great hymn! One of my favorites, just behind "Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy" (aka The Best. Hymn. Ever!)

Brandon said...

Thanks for the comments, guys and gal. :)

Jay, it's great to hear from you! Well, you've made it through Lent. I hope it wasn't too hard on you. And I hope you had a good Easter.

I hadn't heard that hymn before. Is it a newer one? I checked for it in what hymn books I have but I couldn't find it.

God bless ya all.

Joe said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your Easter Brandon.

And what you wrote was incredibly beautiful and awesome!

Brandon said...

Thanks, Joe. I hope you had a good Easter too.