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I woke up and looked at the clock. It is 5:00 and it is still dark. In my head I hear the words of Charles Wesley’s great hymn Christ the Lord is Risen Today.

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It is Easter morning.

I remember the words of the Gospel of John: “Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.”

Sons of men and angels say Alleluia.

She ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve put him.”

Raise your joys and triumphs high. Alleluia.

Peter and one other disciple ran to the tomb and when they got there they saw that the grave clothes were still there but there was no body. The tomb was empty.

“They didn’t yet understand the scripture that Jesus must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to the place where they were staying.”

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!

Mary stayed outside the tomb crying. Then Jesus appeared and spoke to her.

Jesus Reveals Himself to Mary Magdalene

“Mary Magdalene left and announced to the disciples, ‘I’ve seen the Lord’.”

      Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Later that same day while the disciples were behind closed doors Jesus came to them. He offered words of peace to their fearful hearts and he empowered them to go into the world to carry on His work of forgiveness and redemption.

      Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

How could I stay in bed.

      Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

      Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

It’s Easter!

He is not here - for He is risen

Jamie Jenkins

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I woke up and looked at the clock. It is 5:00 and it is still dark. In my head I hear the words of Charles Wesley’s great hymn Christ the Lord is Risen Today.

It is Easter morning 2016.

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I remember the words of the Gospel of John: “Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.”

Sons of men and angels say Alleluia.

She ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve put him.”

Raise your joys and triumphs high. Alleluia.Easter 2

Peter and one other disciple ran to the tomb and when they got there they saw that the grave clothes were still there but there was no body. The tomb was empty.

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“They didn’t yet understand the scripture that Jesus must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to the place where they were staying.”

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!

Mary stayed outside the tomb crying. Then Jesus appeared and spoke to her.Easter 3

“Mary Magdalene left and announced to the disciples, ‘I’ve seen the Lord’.”

Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Later that same day while the disciples were behind closed doors Jesus to them. He offered words of peace to their fearful hearts and he empowered them to go into the world to carry on His work of forgiveness and redemption.

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

How could I stay in bed.

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

It’s Easter!

Jamie Jenkins

 

 

 

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The church sign proclaimed, “God’s Love is Unconditional, This Sunday, 10:45.”

I wondered about other times. Were there certain conditions that had to be met for God to love you except on this particular day and time? Did you have to meet certain qualifications on Monday or Friday for God to love you?

Should John 3:16 have an asterisk indicating the day and hour that everlasting life was available to those who believed  in God’s only Son?

Seriously, I understand that the church sign was announcing the sermon title and the time of the worship service. At least I hope that is what was happening. But in reality I think most everyone (maybe everyone) who believes in the God of the Bible and in Jesus Christ has moments that they are not sure that God loves them.

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There is the tendency to think that we have to measure up to some standard in order for God to love us. It is hard to accept that God loves us unconditionally. No strings attached. No minimum requirements. Regardless of how you behave.

There is nothing that you can do that will keep God from loving you. Period!

And there is nothing that you can do or nothing that you have done that disqualifies you for God’s love.

Peter was one of Jesus’ followers but after Jesus was arrested, Peter denied that he even knew Jesus- not once but three times. Jesus was subsequently put to death but came back to life after three days. A short time later, Jesus met his disciples on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  He and Peter met face to face and Jesus allowed Peter to declare his love for him three times. Then he restored Peter as one of his disciples and commissioned him for new work.

God's Love 4So, you ask, “God will love me no matter what I do?” Yes.” Then why should I even attempt to ‘be good’?” Good question.

There is a song I learned as a child with simple but powerful words:

Jesus loves me this I know

For the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong.

They are weak but he is strong.

 

 

There is another verse that is not always sung but contains an important truth.

Jesus loves me when I’m good,

When I do the things I should.God's Love 3

Jesus loves me when I’m bad,

Though it makes him very sad.

 

Thank you God for loving us. Help us to love you and live for you!

Jamie Jenkins