12th April - Thought For The Day - He Is Risen
Updated: Apr 27
Words by Bev Jones
He is Risen
Hallelujah, Christ is Risen; He is risen indeed! How many times have those been the first words at our Easter Day services? And yet this year, the most significant day in our Christian calendar, Easter Day 2020 will go down in history as the Easter when our church buildings were closed. We will all be doing things differently. Some will be joining in online services, some will watch a service on the television, or listening on the radio. Others may just be processing things quietly. But for Christians the world over, the truth remains that Christ is risen,
and death has been defeated.
Photo by Paul Keiffer via Unsplash
The fact that Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene surely confirms that this story of salvation is good news for everyone. Regardless of who we are, what we have done, or where we are celebrating, the story of salvation crosses boundaries, knocks down barriers and embraces all.
As our nation goes through one of the most challenging times in its history, the truth of good triumphing over bad, light outshining the darkness, and love without measure, is something that we not only need to hear, but something that we just have to share. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are invited into the presence of Almighty God and welcomed as friends.
We don’t need to sit in a church building for that to be good news. Wherever we are, that truth has the power to touch us at the very core of our being. We’re told in Ephesians 1 that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us. I guess the question is then: what are we going to do with it?
He is Alive. He is Risen. ALLELUIA
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it, I see everything else.” C S Lewis From “Is Theology Poetry?” an essay written in 1944 and found in “The Weight of Glory”
- Lewis C.S. 2001. The Weight of Glory Zondervan
- Bev Jones