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CHRIST IS RISEN!

risen Christ

 

HE IS RISEN!  HE IS RISEN INDEED.

2019 has been a year of great sadness around the world with disasters, wars, people fleeing oppression and other events:  the burning of one of the world’s great Christian cathedrals and the deliberate burning of black churches in the U.S.  Our soldiers still serve and die on foreign fields. There are a great many things to be concerned about in our world.

Nevertheless, we turn our hearts this Easter Sunday to the Great Hope for the world in the resurrection of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. On this Easter, we rejoice in the glorious hope for through His giving of Himself that we may be saved and the looking for His return to the world.

The grave could not hold Him.  Hallelujah!

Blessing to all Boyer Writes readers!  N.W.Boyer

(VIDEO: Turn up the sound)   Hallelujah Chorus

 


HE is RISEN!

 HE IS RISEN!

Somewhere around the world, it is now Easter Sunday morning.  Christ is risen…risen indeed!  The grave could not hold him.  He walked among His disciples and followers, showing  them the scars in His hands.  Because of His Resurrection, those who love  and believe on Him,  will also have a resurrection.   Hallelujah!

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In services and performances  around the world, when the Hallelujah chorus is sung, the audience stands.  It is said that this tradition began when King George II, attending the London premiere of “Messiah” in March of 1743, was so moved by the “Hallelujah” that he stood up and if the king stands, everyone  stands.   One can understand why King George was moved because it is truly one of the great compositions of music.

Handel’s Messiah…Hallelujah Chorus

Hallelujah!
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
and of His Christ;
and He shall reign for ever and ever.
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Hallelujah! (Revelation 19)   Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
and hath redeemed us to God by his blood,
to receive power, and riches,
and wisdom, and strength,
and honor,and glory, and blessing.
Blessing and honor, glory and power,
be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb,
For ever and ever! Amen.  (Revelation 5)

The Choir of Wells Cathedral

 Directed by Matthew Owens

 Selections: ‘Hallelujah…Worthy is the Lamb That Was Slain… Amen

 Each tells the story of the birth (Christmas), passion, death, and resurrection (Easter) of Jesus and of the eventual resurrection of humankind to the glory of Heaven.

Link to:  Complete performance of Handel’s Messiah   with great art of the Masters


On EASTER CHRIST IS RISEN

After resurrection His Hands

HE IS RISEN TODAY AND HE SHALL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER.  AMEN

For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures.” 1st Corinthians 15:3-5

 


Easter…the Resurrection…and the Earth

May the glorious Resurrection of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ help us to remember the glory of the earth where we live.   HAPPY EASTER DAY from BOYER WRITES

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John 1:4 In HIM was life, and that life was the light of men.


Easter Sunday and Christ is Risen Indeed!

The empty tomb

To understand that something can die and then return to life again is hard for most people to grasp.  We hear of near death experiences when one sees a light…goes toward the light…feels a wonderful sense of peace…and doesn’t want to return.    That is exactly how I want it to happen when I take my last breath.

Mary Magdalene had a difficult time with this also.  She went to the tomb and stood there crying because someone had stolen the body of her beloved Jesus.  Even though Jesus had talked about destroying the temple and raising it up again in three days, she did not understand the meaning.   We all have heard that our body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and we should be careful how we treat it.   Yes, Jesus was referring to His own body and it took some convincing.

“For example, in Luke’s gospel Jesus told his disciples to touch him, asking whether a ghost has hands and feet, as he has, and then proceeded to eat a fish in front of them.

In John’s gospel ‘doubting’ Thomas was invited by Jesus to put his finger on Jesus’ hand where the nails had been, and put his hand in Jesus’ side which had been pierced.

In Matthew, Jesus met his disciples and they touched his feet. And yet, despite this stress on the material body of Jesus as ‘proof’ of his resurrected identity, on several occasions — on the beach at daybreak and on the Emmaus Road, for example — the men and women disciples did not recognize him.

In the account of the resurrected Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene, in John’s Gospel, Jesus instructed Mary not to hold onto Him because He had not yet ascended to the Father.”

All of these events remind us of how physical in nature we are to our beliefs.  Jesus never criticized them or scolded them (or us)  for having tiny faith.    He understands  that we are human and have frailties.  In fact, as tiny as a mustard seed may be, we are reminded that is all the faith we need.

I think His followers  were in shock.   It took a while for the excitement of Easter to be realized.   I am glad that they were much like we are today.  In the resurrection, there is no more sadness and mourning for the crucified Christ, but extreme happiness and joy that we now have a risen Savior.

Without the resurrection, we would have a dead Christ.     If Christ is risen and He asked His Father in Heaven to allow us to be with Him (prayer before the crucifixion)…then we have the glorious hope of our own resurrection day.

HALLELUJAH

The Heavenly Chorus will be in all languages!     Handel’s Messiah

Conductor: Chai  Hoon Cha in Seoul, Korea

King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!


Easter’s Fresh, New Earth and the Promise of Life

Seasons come and go.  We shiver in the cold and wait for the Spring.  The buds begin to appear in a fresh color of green, like the crisp stalks of celery green.   We are the earth and we have been given promises by its Creator. 

Set in the universe, we here on earth see this  fresh, new life stirring.  Earth  is our home.  The breezes blow and the old leaves  fall off the trees.  The birds fly north again and the young are born.  What is life and what are those promises?

Just this week, I grabbed my camera and went out to peek at a nest that was being built  in the folds of a bush.   Carefully I pulled the small branch back and there it was.   A nest  had been carefully woven and  two small eggs were  inside.    Just as quickly I heard the sound.   It was a mother Cardinal sitting close on the fence, chirping that I was too close to her miracle that would soon happen.   Just as suddenly a bright, red male flies up to watch.   This nest was theirs and they wanted to protect it.  They had no promises that the nest would be safe or would last forever. Just last year a snake had crawled into a nest under another bush in our yard and had eaten the eggs so full of hope, beauty and promise. 

The earth is ours. We too need to protect it.    With all that we have to enjoy…from the powerful volcano; the oceans brimming with life; the birds of the air; the animals on the land….and the green that comes to us in this season of Spring, we see that earth has a new life and a resurrection.

For the Christian, the earth is a reflection of that Divine Life that was raised from the dead. Jesus, our Saviour came  to give the promise of new life and the promise of an after-life.  He brings us a spiritual newness, just as Spring brings new life to the earth.    His promise is  that old things will pass away and all becomes new.

May you be blessed this Easter season by the goodness of God.  Raise your eyes and look around  at the fresh green leaf and the renewing of the earth.  It is waiting for you with life and promises that will bring you peace and a hope.

  See the Holy Scriptures below the video.   Turn on sound and enlarge screen for best viewing. 

The Holy Scriptures:  Words of Life for our Comfort

John 1:4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.


John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.


John 5:21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.


John 5:26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in Himself.


John 6:39 And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given me, but raise them up at the last day.


John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.


Colossians 3:4 When Christ, Who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.


Revelation 1:18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!


“ALL HIS ACQUAINTANCES…STOOD AT A DISTANCE” Luke 23:49

Jesus cried with a loud voice as He died, ” Father into your hands,I commend my spirit!”

It was the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of  all mankind.  Darkness had covered the sun’s light and the curtain of the Temple was torn in two. It was a time to fear.  It had been agony. Those who knew Jesus..and perhaps…knew Him well…stood at a distance watching the spectacle.    This man, Jesus, was young…only in his 30’s.  Yet, in His short  life, wonderful things happened.  What had He been busy doing that caused such distain?  He was healing the sick, teaching how the Father wanted us to live, gathering the little children around him, caring for the outcast, but the politicians of the day hated him.  He was a threat.   The people followed him openly; carrying palms to line a path for Him to walk.  Yet,  in His darkest hour…they stood in the distance.   Fear takes a grip  when we think we may fall into the hands of those who would crucify us.  We are afraid…like Peter,  that someone will recognize us as a follower.   Jesus told His disciples that he would see this day. He knew the agony that was coming. His prayers in the garden showed his dread as He sweat.  He knew who would betray Him; even as He knows who will deny Him today.    They did not understand.   Like those in His day, we not only have fear to hinder our walk, but the lack of understanding of God’s plan and purpose for us.    

There was one man named Joseph, who held a position as a councilman in the group that  had condemed Jesus.  He shook off his fear  and ask for the body of Jesus.  Was he not afraid of association?    He asked women to help in preparing the body for burial in a borrowed tomb.   Somehow this man saw the importance of caring  for the one whom the soldier had called “innocent”.   He was willing to come out of the shadows and stand up for Jesus…not at a distance.  He did not know that the day of Resurrection was coming within a few days.  The sorrow that had filled this time would end.   Those who wanted to mourn Him  would instead run with joy to tell all they knew that He was not in the tomb.  He had said that in three days He would rise from the dead.  Still, their understanding was cloudy.   The grave would not hold Him. He told them He would go to prepare a place for them.  They would not be left alone for the Holy Spirit would be sent to teach men the ways of God.    Eventually, the people  would see Him transfigured and taken into heaven.   His promise that He will return is looked for by all  His followers…then and today.   Like Joseph, they are the ones  willing to come out of the shadows and know him up-close….and not at a  distance.