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The Power of the Resurrection

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Because they heard Him calling, they left everything behind

And followed after Jesus, giving heart, and soul, and mind.

They watched Him heal the blind man, and they ate the loaves He broke;

They knew God's Spirit touched their hearts whenever Jesus spoke.

It seemed that all was perfect, for He met their every need.

Then suddenly it all was changed--a tragic day, indeed!

The soldiers came to take Him, and He calmly went away,

And e'er the thing was ended, within a tomb He lay!

Had not this very Man declared that God alone is strong?

Were all His teachings empty words?  Could they have been so wrong?

If death could conquer Him, how could He free them from their sin?

Their faith was dashed in pieces, and confusion reigned within.

Then came the joyful news which caused their spirits to revive--

The dreadful tomb was empty!  Their friend Jesus was alive!

And yet, as they beheld Him, faith was dimmed by doubt and fear,

For the memory of agony and loss was hovering near.

Then Jesus, knowing faith was small and hearts were still afraid,

Sweet reassurance gave them, as triumphantly He said,

"All power in the earth and Heaven is given unto Me;

From this day on, till time is done, I'll always with you be."

Reflect upon these words of Christ whene'er your faith is small--

And know that He who conquered death is ruler over all!

 

May the living Christ be your life,

And the power of the resurrection your strength!

 

And when they saw Him, they worshipped Him:  but some doubted.  And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:  and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.  Amen.  Matthew 28:17-20

 

And [that ye may know] what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places.  Ephesians 1:19-20


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