Bella Vista
Assembly of God Church


Because He Lives

by Bill and Gloria Gaither

As I began to prayerfully consider what songs we’d be leading in worship this Easter, I found myself filled with gratitude for the privilege to meet and worship in person to celebrate His resurrection this year! I hadn’t ever really given it much thought, honestly. I’ve thanked God on a number of occasions for the freedom to come together in worship for sure, but I don’t think it had ever truly occurred to me that there would come a day when meeting in person would not be available to us until our 2020 Easter celebration was postponed until June. Back in the early spring of 2020, we just had no idea what would follow, did we? Over the course of the next several months, I spoke with people struggling with fear, frustration, anger, division, sickness, questions, and even hopelessness. Though I’ve seen a WIDE variety of opinions and reactions, one thing was consistently true: everyone was affected. Whether it was personal grief, political opinions, or social issues weighing heavily on their minds, everyone felt the impact of what was going on in the world around us.

 

As much as I’ve heard terms like “unprecedented” or “unlike ever before,” the truth of the matter is personal grief, political opinions, and social issues have always been here - and they always will be. Even on that morning when Mary Magdalene and Mary went to visit the tomb of Jesus, all of this was going on. People’s reactions were as varied as they are today. 

 

And Jesus was right in the midst of all of it. 

 

Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven, leaving us with the promise of His Holy Spirit to comfort and counsel us always! 

Jesus is still right here in the midst of all of it.


And because HE LIVES, we can face tomorrow . . . we can face TODAY. Jesus took our punishment upon Himself (I Peter 2:24), making a way for us to spend eternity with Him (John 3:16). He conquered death, hell, the grave (Revelation 1:18). Because He lives, we can live free of fear, knowing He holds our future (Psalm 139:6, Psalm 37:23). This life is temporary! But because He lives, we can live too!