Daily Word of Grace # 215 (April 8, 2021)
One of the best known songs by the famous and prolific gospel song duo Bill and Gloria Gaither is “Because He Lives”, which powerfully reminds us of the many ways Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope—“How sweet to hold a newborn baby and feel the pride and the joy that he gives. Oh but greater still, the calm assurance we can face uncertain days because He lives. And 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.” Jesus was raised from the dead and “because he lives” you can have hope this very moment in the midst of the “uncertain days” you face, both today and tomorrow, on and on. They further sing: “And then one day I’ll cross that river. I’ll fight life’s final war with pain and then as death gives way to victory, I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He reigns. 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.” Jesus’ resurrection ensures your resurrection too—as Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52). And not only does God hold the future, God holds you. Because Jesus lives, you can face tomorrow…and Jesus’ face is already turned toward you.
Love and Prayers,