He is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Are you ready to rise?
I’m ready to rise!
Good morning, my friends!
My family and I were able to slip away from town for a couple of days this week to retreat and recharge. It was good being together in one another’s presence with no distractions!
When I play with my kids, it seems as though the line between reality and pretend is pretty small. Preschool-aged kids seem to be able to jump back and forth between reality and pretend quite quickly.
What about the resurrection of Jesus? Reality? Or pretend?
Take a look at this video for a conversation with a variety of people from different walks of life having a conversation after reading the resurrection story from the Scriptures. (This link takes you to THRED which is a new ministry from Lutheran Hour Ministries).
So, what do you think? Did it really happen? Did the man Jesus, who died, rise from the dead? Or, is it just a nice story? Is it just a parable to teach us how to live? Did he just rise spiritually? Or did he actually conquer death?
On p. 385 of The Story:
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything there to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.
Reality or pretend? You choose.
If you choose pretend, then I’ll just let you know that everything else Jesus ever said or did now becomes void. Jesus said he would rise from the dead. So, if he didn’t, he’s a liar.
If you choose reality, then everything Jesus ever said or did now becomes reality. This is very good for you.
Alive in Christ!
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A Psalm for today:
I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”
7 By your favor, O Lord,
you made my mountain stand strong;
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.
8 To you, O Lord, I cry,
and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
9 “What profit is there in my death,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
O Lord, be my helper!”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
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