Easter People

Easter people, raise your voices, sounds of heaven in earth should ring.
“Alleluia! Alleluia!” Easter people, let us sing.

I love this hymn (United Methodist Hymnal #304).
We celebrated Easter in April.
We are Easter people. To Easter people, Easter is not just one day celebration. To Easter people, every day is Easter as verse 3 sings.

Christ is risen! He is alive in your heart and in my heart today, tomorrow and everyday.

So verse 2 sings:

Fear of death can no more stop us from our pressing here below.
For our Risen Lord empowers us to triumph over every foe.
Alleluia! Alleluia! On to victory now we go.

When the cares of life o’erwhelm us, Easter people, sing this song:

“Alleluia! Alleluia!” Everlasting triumph song(verse 3).

You know the story of two of Jesus’ disciples who, on their way to Emmaus, met the risen Christ. Seeing the risen Christ, their faith was empowered to overcome even the power of death.

The Risen Jesus stayed with the disciples for 40 days. Before He ascended to heaven, He said He would send the Holy Spirit. As He promised the Holy Spirit came down to them. Suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. The power of God touched each person — the power of God who raised Jesus from the dead.

Easter people are Pentecost people. Anyone who has faith in the Risen Jesus is given the power of the resurrection in him/her.

Easter people sing “Alleluia! Alleluia!” because our Risen Lord empowers us to triumph over every foe.

Do you drink coffee? When you brew coffee in the morning, the electric power heats the water, and the heated water seeps through the ground coffee, absorbing its constituent chemical compounds, and then passes through a filter. When you drink coffee, the power in the coffee is transformed into new power that boosts your body and spirit — the power of peace, comfort and newness.

As the electric power is transformed into another real power in you through coffee, the power of God in the Risen Christ is transformed in you through your faith into new power, which, of course, is much stronger than the power of coffee.

When the cares of life o’erwhelm us, Easter people, Pentecost people, let us sing this song:

“Alleluia! Alleluia!” Everlasting triumph song.

Pastor Sung Ho

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