We, The Easter People

He's risen. Those two words mean everything to us, the Easter People. The fact that he is no longer dead is what makes all of the difference to us. The fact that the cross was not the end for Jesus of Nazareth ensures that the thing that was meant to destroy and silence us will not be the end, either. The power that raised Jesus from that borrowed tomb is the same power that lives within each who have called on Christ for rescuing. That power is what helps us to overcome every hurt, habit and hang-up. That power is what gives us another "first day"or that gives us thirty years. That power--the power that swallowed death--is where we find the very source of our hope. That power lives within us. So tomorrow as we--the Easter People--sing our songs and eat our ham--let us remember the power. Let us remember the source of our great hope. The greatest joy for us, The Easter People, is that the one who intercedes on our behalf is alive; he lives! Thanks be to God.

 It stands to reason, doesn't it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he'll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ's! (Romans 8: 11, The Message)

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