The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 20, 2014

Rejoice! He is risen

JOHNSTOWN — “Up from the grave he arose, with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; He arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever with his saints to reign.”

Christians the world over are celebrating the Resurrection of Christ today. The message they will hear preached from the pulpit, whether they attend a sunrise, traditional or contemporary service, will be the same – one man’s triumph over death.

For many believers, Easter marks a new awakening. Our sins have been forgiven, and our souls have been washed clean.

It’s a day in which we should pause to reflect on a father’s ultimate sacrifice – his own son. Jesus would endure humiliation and extreme agony for us.

“Alas! and did my Saviour bleed, and did my Sovereign die! Would he devote that sacred head for such a worm as I!”

To many, Easter is all about the commercial trappings. We dye eggs with bright colors and designs. We fill baskets with jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. We want to be seen in our new dresses, suits and shoes.

We worry about whether to serve ham or turkey.

But for believers, Easter is also about spiritual reflection. It’s about a promise for a brighter tomorrow.

“It gives believers hope that Christ has defeated both sin and death,” the Rev. Keith Dunn, pastor of Belmont United Methodist Church, told reporter Tom Lavis.

“We can live a new life today because of Jesus, and we have hope for the future.”

Easter also is about faith in things seen and unseen.

It’s about how Jesus loved us so much he was willing to die to save us.

It’s about believing that we can turn around our lives.

And it’s about the victory of life over darkness.

“Guilty, vile and helpless we; spotless lamb of God was he; full atonement can it be? Hallelujah, what a saviour!”

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