The Easter Song

There is nothing quite as inspiring to me as listening to Keith Green sing the Easter song, on this day, Easter Sunday, as well as on any other day of the year.

The song, based on several passages of scripture (Matthew 28; Luke 24), is a herald that new life and new outcomes are possible because of Jesus’ resurrection from the grave.

I’m not only inspired because of the eternal message and promise, but I’m really appreciative because the message mentions that there is hope for those things considered dead, deemed irreconcilable or experienced as utterly hopeless.

Here’s the caveat though: You have to want it. Just as Keith sings about, “the angels are available to minister Jesus’ power,” however, we are encouraged to “reach out and receive it.” Keith has helped me to see that good things happen when I have reached out to receive God’s power in my life, and conversely, darker realities have occurred when I forsook his empowerment.

At times, I see this dichotomy present in the lives and relationships of people I have the awesome privilege to work with: some have invited the angels to minister to them and have availed themselves of the power that brought a dead man back to life, and their lives richly evidence powerful changes because of their relationship with God, their Higher Power.

Equally, there are others, who “push back” and sometimes refuse the very power that is greater than themselves that could restore them, their lives and their relationships to sanity. Sadly, positive possibilities and outcomes are either strained, malnourished, contaminated, sabotaged, or even eradicated because of the push back; and I think to myself it doesn’t have to end this way.

So today, my hope for you is that if you read the scripture above or the lyrics below, and if you have the opportunity to listen to the Easter song, that you’ll continue to consider (or will reconsider) how the power of God could powerfully impact your life and heal you. Give God a chance; Reach out and receive it.

May God inspire and richly bless you with the power of the resurrection as you endeavor to live a fruitful, hopeful, focused and purposeful life!

The Easter Song by Keith Green

Hear the bells ringing
They’re singing that you can be born again
Hear the bells ringing
They’re singing Christ is risen from the dead

The angel up on the tombstone
Said He has risen, just as He said
Quickly now, go tell his disciples
That Jesus Christ is no longer dead

Joy to the word, He has risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah

Hear the bells ringing
They’re singing that you can be healed right now
Hear the bells ringing, they’re singing
Christ, He will reveal it now

The angels, they all surround us
And they are ministering Jesus’ power
Quickly now, reach out and receive it
For this could be your glorious hour

Joy to the world, He has risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah, hallelujah

The angel up on the tombstone
Said He has risen, just as He said
Quickly now, go tell his disciples
That Jesus Christ is no longer dead

Joy to the world, He has risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah
Hallelujah


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