I wrote a poem. I hope it encourages you.
What does that mean?
It’s something the disciples had never seen.
The Messiah had to live forever, right?
But Jesus had just died in public sight.
the disciples took flight,
their minds filled with fright,
their spirits vexed,
knowing the Romans could seek them next,
but then He rose.
He came back to life.
Literally out of the tomb,
came and entered the upper room
not imagination, no folklore,
Jesus! Alive forevermore!
So what does it mean?
It means HOPE.
Way beyond the earthly scope,
for in spiritual darkness we did grope,
blinded by sin,
no life within,
we couldn’t begin to comprehend
how dire was our situation,
but then came the resurrection.
By His Spirit He brought in the light,
He gave us sight,
no more wandering in the Stygian night.
No. Now we hope.
Here’s what the resurrection does:
it proves Jesus is who He said He was.
He really is Emmanuel,
His resurrection tells it well,
He claimed to be God and now we know,
the evidence at hand declares it so.
The resurrection says the death of Jesus was true.
He died for me, He died for you.
While the devil roared
and mockery came from the Jewish horde,
“It is finished!”
the empty tomb
means salvation’s perfected,
the payment He made
the Father accepted,
God’s love reflected,
Salvation for us has been affected
and we stand at peace with God through Him.
This hope brought real change:
Remission: sin stained to white
Condition: darkness to light
Position: death to life
We have a confident expectation,
based on the affirmation
seen in the empty tomb.
The resurrection says “Eternal Life.”
What does it mean?
It means we have a story to tell
of victory over death and hell.
A wooden cross and three cursed nails,
then an empty grave,
He came to save all who would turn to Him.
And in that quest He succeeded,
the enemy He has defeated,
then by His Spirit the disciples proceeded
to hit the road, His Commission heeded,
in fact, proclaiming His message superseded
all their plans.
They went to the by-ways
throughout the world,
to tell of Jesus to boy and girl,
to men and women, whoever would hear,
“Jesus saves! Do not fear,
trust in Him, salvation is here!”
That message has not changed,
it must still be told,
for He is more precious than silver or gold,
and so we go, we give, we pray,
we proclaim His story everyday,
in the life we live, in the words we say.
We live in light of the resurrection,
that is what determines our life’s direction,
to give away our greatest possession –
the story of Jesus.