He is Risen as He Said

He is not here. He is risen as He said.

If our Lord had died and had not risen, our hope would be in vain. Without Christ’s resurrection power, victory over sin would be nothing more than empty rhetoric with no hope of eternal life.

We would of all people be most miserable. But Christ not only died. He also rose again. Truly that is the reason for the victory.

If the joy of Easter is not a reality, you cannot be assured of anything but your earthly life. Today let the joy of Easter become reality.

He is risen as He said and is going before you into Galilee. There you will see Him (Mathew 28:7). Now we can sing with joy, “Christ the Lord is ris’n today! Alleluia.”

Emily Pippin, Guest writer

Haiku Images

I thought you might appreciate reading through the Haiku Cluster that the judges thought were worthy of first place winner in the competition. All of the haiku spring from the Scriptures related as listed.

Appropriate for the Easter season is “To say ‘I love you’ God sent a cross.” The truth that we are co-heirs with the eternal Godhead is incomprehensible, but the Scriptures certainly remind us how rich we are in Christ.

If a haiku or two moves you and you would like to share your thoughts, I would love to meditate on them with you.
A HAIKU CLUSTER
I bequeath to you,                                                                   Romans 8:17a
every sunrise I’ve painted,
all originals. -God

Adam, while you slept,                                                           Genesis 2:21-22
God slipped Eve into your bed,
then he left, smiling.

To say “I love you,”                                                                  John 19:17-18
we send flowers or a card,
but God sent a cross.

Five little fingers                                                                       Luke 2:7
squeeze young Mary’s nose and face
as God lies on straw.

Often mothers ’ prayers                                                         I Samuel 1:27
mend the broken jars of clay
they molded from birth.

Silent, by a grave,                                                                   II Corinthians 1:4
arm around a friend, healing
a hole in the heart.

Before life’s bookends                                                         Amos 4:12b
squeeze away your last-held breath,
prepare for closure.