It want to start my recap with another one of my devos that I wrote for church....
In John 20 we find Mary Magdalene has gone to the tomb, but the stone has been rolled away. In utter shock she is fearful that her LORD’S body has been stolen, and then He appears to her. He quiets her fears (vs. 17) and instructs her to tell the others. Can you imagine how she felt, the gammed of emotions that took over? Her Savior, the one she saw on Golgotha, the one who conquered the grave, and the one who called her by name is now standing in front of her. Now if that is not a “hilltop experience” I don’t know what is?
Have you ever had an experience like that before, one where you stood in disbelief that the Savior who conquered the grave was calling out to you? I know I have. Easter is one of my most favorite times of the year. All things are new, growth is starting to form, and there is reconciliation in my soul, that the grave was conquered for me (and you too!) If you ask anyone who knows me well it is not Easter without the hymns. The songs of old (and new) and resonate within singing about the power of His death, and the glory of His resurrection. This week we are going to look at 5 different songs that will give us that “hilltop experience” with our LORD!
What better place to start than with my favorite? “Up from the grave He arose”
Up from the grave he arose; with a mighty triumph o'er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose
The God who loves you and knows you by name defeated death. He arose. And I love the line that says “with a might triumph o’er his foes”. I have ever felt like you were being attacked? Oh I know I have. Through the power of His resurrection He has defeated the evil one. With Christ on our side on one can touch us. Isn’t that comforting? Isn’t that victory? That’s Easter!!! He has risen, and we need not fear as Mary did, because He is for us. And as His word says, “If Christ is for us, than no one can be against us.”
We celebrated this Easter knowing the power of the Risen King. I loved the fact that John Hunter really didn't know the bunny but ever egg that was empty he said, JESUS IS ALIVE! We had a great Easter day that started with worshiping the LORD! The service/worship was excellent. The Sr. Pastor fell ill so the associate preached and he was great. Just a side note he is Rich Mulllins brother! It was so fitting to be at the nail piereced of the Almighty this day!
After Church we went and ate at a wonderful stakehouse (thank you gigi and granddad for lunch) The food, company, and fellowship was full of lasting memories!
After "brunch" we headed home for an Easter Egg hunt. John Hunter had such a fun time and when he walked through the door he found another basket! He loved it...
We said a tearful good-bye to Gigi and Granddad, although we will see them Tuesday miss them already.... we all took naps, watched the Masters, ate dinner, and are heading to bed!
To recap the day... nothing could be better than today! UP FROM THE GRAVE HE AROSE!
SIDE NOTE: I had a just had to put this picture in.... last night when we were playing Gigi did not make a wise choice so to drive home a lesson. We sent her to TIME OUT. It was a hoot to watch John Hunter respond to her being there. However, when she was asked to get out, she said it was the best 2 min. of her day because she got some peace and quite:)