Christ is Risen!

I serve a risen Savior

He's in the world today

I know that He is living

Whatever men may say

I see His hand of mercy

I hear His voice of cheer

And just the time I need Him

He's always near!

He lives! He lives!

Christ Jesus lives today

He walks with me and talks with me

Along life's narrow way

He lives! He lives!

Salvation to impart

You ask me how I know He lives?

He lives within my heart!

To skeptics, the resurrection of Jesus Christ seems like something made up by His disciples. Death is final. Death is the end. After death, there is...nothing.

I might well have trouble believing the truth of His resurrection myself except for one thing. Jesus Christ has changed my life. He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.

I met Jesus for myself in 1967. I was 15 years old. An invitation to ask Jesus into my heart was given by an evangelist at a special youth weekend at our church. I resisted. I knew God was calling me to Himself. I knew I wanted to know Jesus. I knew I needed Him in my life. But I resisted. I didn't want to go forward to the altar of the church in front of all those people.

That night as I went to bed, I remember feeling the weight of my resistance. I remember feeling the desire to know Jesus. I remember the need to know He was real and I could be forgiven. So I knelt beside my bed, all alone in my bedroom, and prayed, "God, I want what that man talked about tonight. I want Jesus in my life." I asked Jesus in, and gave my life to Him. And I remember being flooded with peace.

That began a journey of walking with Christ that has lasted to this day. Over and over again Jesus has proved Himself to be real and alive. Over and over again I have submitted to His Lordship and walked toward Christlikeness. Over and over again I have stumbled and fallen into selfishness and sin. And over and over again Jesus has forgiven me, picked me up, and moved me forward in faith.

You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart!

Because Christ is risen, I am never alone. Because He is risen, He is more than a dead rabbi who gave us amazing moral teachings. Because He is risen, He is a Living Lord, who fills my heart with His love and my life with His Spirit. Because Jesus is alive, I am not stuck with religious doctrine to try to live up to. Because He is risen, I have a relationship with the Living God. I have been adopted as His son, and set free to joyful obedience to the King of the Kingdom of God.

There is a commercial for Wayfair that has a man looking at his tablet computer and saying, "Wayfair has free shipping? Game changer!" Jesus' resurrection is the real game changer. Dead and in the grave, His disciples might well have gone back to their old lives, warmed by the memories of His miracles and teachings. With Jesus raised from the dead, they changed the world.

And 2,000 years later, millions of lives have been transformed by this Risen One. Including mine. How about yours?

You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart!

Happy resurrection day!

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