It will also be the third time you have read this exact article. I will continue to resubmit this same piece every Easter for two reasons. First, I like holiday traditions. I hope you will come to anticipate and enjoy this same good word as part of your Easter celebration.
Second, and more significantly, we focus on the Resurrection of our Lord this week. All the issues that might normally fill this column—our challenges, opportunities and strategies for Gospel advance—all of them take a back seat to the cornerstone of our faith.
This is especially true in such an unusual spring. Malcolm Muggeridge was a Marxist before he turned to Jesus. During the Cold War he traveled to Russia to write a story about the Communist party and the decline of religion under that atheistic regime. He was surprised by what he observed. After conducting a series of interviews with officials in the Kremlin who declared the decline of Christianity in Russia, he attended a Russian Orthodox Easter service. The church was packed.
Our confession of faith is simple: Jesus is Lord—is, not was. Jesus is alive and at work in this world and in our lives. Jesus is the living Head of our churches, the chief Shepherd.
We rejoice in glad submission to our Risen Lord! The Book of Hebrews closes with a benediction that is a beautiful Easter blessing. This good word reminds us of how our blessings come from the resurrection power of Jesus.
This is altogether appropriate. Jesus Himself declared a benediction on those who believe He is risen. You probably remember the story. Thomas, doubting the reality of the resurrection, held out for proof. The benediction in Hebrews echoes and expands the resurrection blessing of Jesus. Since Jesus is alive, He is living and working in us. He is risen. I would like to put this good word on you this year as you prepare to worship Easter Sunday. Now the God of peace, Who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to Who be the glory forever and ever.
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