It’s Easter, and a great time to praise the Lord!
Because we have hope!
When Jesus rose on the 3rd day, He began making appearances to many of His friends, followers, and disciples.
In fact, here is a great list of eleven different appearances of Jesus that are recorded in the New Testament:
To the apostles immediately before the ascension. They accompanied Him from Jerusalem to Mount Olivet, and there they saw Him ascend “till a cloud received Him out of their sight” (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50-52; Acts 1:4-10).It is worthy of note that it is distinctly related that on most of these occasions our Lord afforded His disciples the amplest opportunity of testing the fact of His resurrection. He conversed with them face to face. They touched Him (Matt. 28:9; Luke 24:39; John 20:27), and He ate bread with them (Luke 24:42,43; John 21:12,13).
(I found this wonderful list at http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/resurrectionofchrist.html)
We can worship and have hope because our Savior didn’t stay in the grave!
He defeated death and came back to life.
Maybe today, you are facing death.
The death of a vision.
The death of a dream.
A huge loss.
A harsh reality.
Or, even the loss of someone you dearly loved.
Be encouraged today!
Our God can bring life out of places of death.
He can make beauty from the ashes.
Isaiah 61:3 in The Message shares this message of encouragement:
“The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.
God sent me to announce the year of his grace— a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies— and to comfort all who mourn, To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, Messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit.”
Today, our Lord can comfort all who mourn, care for their needs, give bouquets of roses instead of ashes, messages of joy, and a heart of praise.
Even if your heart is heavy and disappointed on this Easter morning, would you try something?
Would you choose one of the songs below, listen, and allow yourself to worship?
Some of the sweetest praise flows out of our broken hearts!
Here are a few favorite Easter worship songs:
Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Steve Green)
Jesus Saves (Travis Cotrell)
He Holds the Keys (Steve Green)
You Are Worthy/Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Prestonwood Choir & Orchestra)
Because He Lives (Matt Maher)
Because He Lives (Gaither Vocal Band)
In Christ Alone (Keith and Kristyn Getty)
He’s Alive (Don Francisco)
What about you?
What songs do you love to hear and sing at Easter?
I always enjoy hearing from you!
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