Today is Easter. For many, today is about the colorful hard-boiled eggs that taste great but leaves you with funky breath, egg hunts, candy, and bunnies. In the Christian community, it is better known as, Resurrection Sunday.
I don’t really get hung up on today’s heading. I don’t feel guilty for planning egg hunts, taking children to egg hunts, and participating in the seasonal activities. You won’t hear me calling them “resurrection eggs” nor will you ever hear me say, “I’m hosting a Resurrection Egg Hunt.” In my heart, I know this is the season we celebrate his death and his life. Today, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. No, he isn’t dead. He is very much alive and through faith, his spirit lives in all who believe and accept him.
So in the spirit of the season, I was singing the hymn, “Because He Lives.” As I sang the chorus, I began to cry. Yeah, it was a total shocker to me too. I slowed down and began to think about the words. Oh. My. Gosh. This little hymn that is sung every year during this time has enormous meaning.
Here are the lyrics to the chorus:
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives
Here are my thoughts.
BECAUSE JESUS LIVES, I CAN. BECAUSE JESUS LIVES, ALL FEAR IS GONE. He holds my future. Life is worth living.
Because Jesus lives I can face tomorrow: Because Jesus, we can. He gives us strength to do things that are impossible for us to accomplish (Philippians 4:13). This means we don’t have to worry about any inadequacies. We can face tomorrow. Don’t think you can’t take another day. If you are reading this thinking and/or feeling like you can’t take this life another day, I’m here to say yes, you can. You can face ALLLL the tomorrows because Jesus lives.
Because Jesus lives ALL fear is GONE: All doubt, worry, discouragement, discontentment, low self-esteem, low confidence, rejection, fear of rejection are GONE. Poof!! Disappeared! They’re outta here! They’re non-existent.
Because I know He holds my future: Only Jesus knows our future (Jeremiah 29:11). Our names are written on the palms of his hands (Isaiah 49:16). We can’t be bound by what we are or who we are right now. We can not allow our current circumstances to dictate our future. It won’t always be like this. Jesus Christ holds my future, your future, our future in the palms of his hands, so we have no need to worry what tomorrow will bring. Just trust in the one who holds the future.
Life is WORTH living: Please don’t take your life because things are bad right now. Don’t be distraught. Don’t feel like things won’t work out and you’re stuck like this. Don’t feel like you’re an accident. Don’t take your life! Your life is worth living! You’re worth every blood he shed and every tear he cried. (Romans 5:6-9) Don’t take your life. Get up off that floor, put the pills away, put the knife, gun away, whatever tool you’re thinking of using… Don’t do it. Why?
BECAUSE HE LIVES! He died so we wouldn’t have to die. He did it already. He was bruised, beaten, spat on, shamed, embarrassed, harassed and murdered just for YOU and I. Then he came back to life with all power and authority over death, hell, the grave, our doubts, our fears, our insecurities, our discontentment, our discouragement, our financial woes, etc. My life, Your life, Our lives are worth saving, that’s why Jesus came. That was his purpose and that is his purpose; to save those who feel lost/who are lost. Jesus has found you. He lives! Take his hand and accept eternal life through him. It’s only through the living savior you can find peace. BECAUSE. HE. LIVES.
I looked up the definition of the word “because.” According to Google, it means “for the reason.”
The REASON He lives: so we can live abundantly, fearlessly and without limitations.
That wraps up my random thoughts on an old hymn. Hope you were encouraged by this as much as I was. I will never sing this hymn the same way again.