Jesus risen!
"Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here,
but has risen."
           -- Luke 24:5
At the heart of the Christian faith is the proclamation that Jesus Christ, who, as the Apostles Creed
proclaims "was crucified, dead, and buried" is not dead, but is alive and lives today.  The Gospels of
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all proclaim that three days following Jesus' crucifixion on the cross, he
arose from the dead.  Furthermore, the risen Jesus appeared to his disciples.  They saw him alive!  
More importantly, Jesus' disciples, were changed by their encounter with the risen Christ.  Prior to
his execution, his disciples fled in fear.  Peter, one of the leaders of the Messianic movement even
denied knowing Jesus three times just to save his hide.  But after Easter morning, after the
resurrection, the disciples boldly went out into the streets to share the good news that "This Jesus
God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses." (Acts 2:32)  Peter, Paul, and the other early
Christians boldly shared this message.  Nothing could silence the news of the risen Christ: not
imprisonment, not torture, not execution.  The once cowardly disciples boldly faced prison and death to
share the good news that Jesus Christ was alive.
The miracle of Easter is that the forces of hatred, sin, and death could not silence the love of God.  
The empty tomb is proof of the power of our living God.  When the stone was rolled away from Christ's
tomb, the barrier that kept Jesus and which keeps us trapped in thinking there is no way out of our
troubles, was broken.  The impossible became possible.  The impossible is possible.  The empty
tomb of Easter is proof that we have all been given the second chance for new life, for resurrection life.
Songwriter, Sydney Carter in his
famous song, "Lord of the Dance"
proclaims the power of Christ's
resurrection this way:  "They whipped,
and they stripped, and they hung me
high;  and they left me there on a cross
to die... They buried my body and they
thought I'd gone, but I am the dance
and I still go on...  I am the life that will
never, never die; I'll live in you if you live
in me;"
The power of the risen Christ living in
us is expressed by William & Gloria
Gaither in one of their hymns this way:
"Becasue 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."  Rock singer, Scott Stapp
further notes, "You set me free, to live
my life..."  The risen Christ gives us life!
The reality of Christ's resurrection is the heart of the Church.  We are an Easter people.  We believe
and live the power of the resurrection.  Because of Christ's resurrection, we believe that life as we know
it can and will change.  The power of God's love can bring new life and hope to today's broken, war torn
world. The cycle of hatred, violence and death can be broken  We are witnesses of that new life, and we
believe that our risen Savior can and will make a difference in our lives and in our world today.
We invite you to experience the power of the risen Christ in your life with us at Living Faith Christian
Community.  If you have have questions about the resurrection,
feel free to ask the pastor.  We'll
be glad to respond to your questions and help provide answers about how we experience Jesus alive
in our lives today.
This Jesus God
raised up, and of
that all of us are
Acts 2:32
"You set me free to
live my life..."

- Scott Stapp
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