He is Risen!!! He is Risen Indeed!
The Jesus that rose on the 3rd day that Easter morning is the same Jesus that can walk and live among you still today. These words ring even more true today, because so many of us are desperate for his presence amid isolation, sickness, and fear. This morning, Easter morning, my dear friend reached out to say Happy Easter. And then she shared with me that both of her parents have covid-19 and her mom is in the hospital. My dear friend knows Jesus as her savior. She reached out for me to pray for her family.
Let’s stop and pray right now for her family and everyone across the world. Dear heavenly father, you are the creator of the universe. You still heal today, just as you did 2000 years ago.
You were borne for griefs and carried our sorrows; yet you were esteemed as stricken. You were wounded for our transgressions, You were bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon You, and by Your stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5)
By your stripes, the wounds placed on your body by whips and flogging, are the same wounds that heal us today. I pray for healing for my friend’s parents. Please don’t take them home during this horrible pandemic. Please hold my dear friend’s mom in your hands and send your angels to take care of her in that isolated hospital room. And give them peace that transcends all understanding. Amen.
I hope today you visited your friends and family remotely, attended church virtually, and recommitted your life to finding out what God has for us next. I think it may be something big this time. Maybe, as big as 2000 years ago. I do know the church will never be the same after all this is over. I pray the church will become stronger, because that is the kind of God he is. The church was not made in a building, it continues in us, in our hearts and minds and his presence remains with us forever.
Thank you for this 40 days. I will never be the same, thank you God. I leave with my favorite song of all time. This song will be played and sung at my funeral. It lifts me up and says it all. Forget Spotify, let’s watch Passion Church sing this amazing song, “In Christ Alone”.