The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7
Have you been lied to?
Let down by someone you trusted?
Disillusioned by people who claimed to be something they’re not?
How’s that good, you ask?
Because now you can spot a phony.
Now you can better decipher truth from lies.
Now you can appreciate the words of Jesus, all the more.
The One who died so that we might have eternal life.
Who went to hell and back, literally, for our freedom.
Who said He would rise again, and then he did.
Just as He said.
After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to many to prove His claims were true.
He showed His wounds to the doubters so wounded spirits could be healed.
And He wants you to know, He’s not like all the others. You can trust Him.
The Risen Christ will never let you down.
The song below is the Keith Green version of Easter Song, originally recorded by 2nd Chapter of Acts and written by Annie Herring. I hope it will bless you as you reflect on the power and hope of the resurrection.
Keith Green is my favorite singer/songwriter of all time. He left this world in 1982 at the age of 28 in a tragic plane crash that also claimed the life of his two young children.
Before that time, he had been busy in the Lord’s work, writing, singing, teaching and pointing others to Jesus. His songs, many co-written with his wife, Melody, helped shape the landscape of my youth. I am so glad I was able to attend one of his concerts. I remember there was a lot of teaching/preaching as Keith poured out his heart in between songs.
As a new Christian, I felt a real connection to his music and, after all these years, the same holds true. I am still, along with so many others, inspired by his incredible legacy.
It is difficult to pick a favorite song, there are so many. “Oh, Lord, You’re Beautiful” is right up there as possibly my favorite worship song. But, the song I’ve posted below is another great one that always touches me. Maybe what makes it so moving is that it is written from the perspective of God, as our Father, speaking to His children. It conveys so sweetly the tender love God has for each of us.
If you are not familiar with his work, you can learn more about Keith, his wife Melody and the ministry they began together, still going strong, at http://lastdaysministries.org/. I strongly suggest reading more on the very interesting story of his life and, of course, listening to the myriad of great music he gave us. There’s no way you could walk away unaffected. You will be inspired because the message of his music and his life was simply the message of the gospel, and stemmed from his overwhelming desire to make Jesus known above all.
“I repent of ever having recorded one single song, and ever having performed one concert, if my music, and more importantly, my life has not provoked you into Godly jealousy or to sell out more completely to Jesus!” — Keith Green