“He is Risen…
He is RISEN indeed.”
What a glorious truth that is for us today.
When you experience firsthand the realities of death… the hope of the resurrection becomes all the more powerful.
And today, we have hope in the midst of our sadness and our longing that we’d be putting on Sophie’s first easter outfit, giving her her first easter basket and celebrating Easter with her.
I miss her terribly today.
Yet, in my sadness God led me to I Corinthians 15.
Paul talks about how if the resurrection didn’t happen, our faith is in vain.
The power of the gospel lies in the resurrection.
That Jesus DIDN’T stay dead!
He conquered sin.
He conquered death.
And BECAUSE of that… I have hope.
“Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – I Corinthians 15:52-57
Sometimes it feels like death stings, but as I was reading this I noticed a footnote of where “Death is swallowed up in victory” was referenced in the Old Testament. Isaiah 25:8. So, I went there and tears started to pour, because sitting on top of that verse in my Bible is Sophie’s footprint. A sweet reminder today that because of Jesus, death doesn’t sting for her anymore. She is alive and well and one day… one glorious day because of Jesus we will be reunited and take joy together in that day where “He will swallow up death forever and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces.” – Isaiah 25:8
So… we grieve on Friday and Rejoice on Sunday…
Here’s a little sweet taste of rejoicing that I found today (I put the english versions on here, though they do have them in their respective languages… just in case you’re wondering 🙂 )
Rejoicing in America…
Rejoicing in Hungary…
Rejoicing in Switzerland…
“Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! For the Lord takes pleasure in his people.” – Psalm 149:3,4