Posted by Todd Wilken on November 25, 2003 at 10:48:51:
Jesus told them, "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up."
In the presence of Jesus death is mere sleep; He made his bed in the grave and woke up again alive. In the presence of Jesus death is powerless; He has defeated death. In the presence of Jesus the tomb opens releasing its captive; He holds the keys of death and Hades. In the presence of Jesus death and decay are undone; He has removed the curse once and for all.
In the presence of Jesus the dead live.
Laugh to scorn the gloomy grave
And at death no longer tremble;
He, our Lord Who came to save
Will at last His own assemble.
They will go their Lord to meet,
Treading death beneath their feet.
Then take comfort and rejoice,
For His members Christ will cherish.
Fear not, they will hear His voice;
Dying, they shall never perish;
For the very grave is stirred
When the voice of Christ is heard.
Gretchen and family,
Jesus is the resurrection and the life. In these hours and days of sorrow take comfort in nothing else. Cling like Mary to the resurrected Jesus. Fall like Thomas at his scarred feet. Like the Emmaus disciples, join Him at His table and find Him truly present in His Supper.
Wait and watch for Him. He is coming again to empty every tomb. He is coming again to wake Bob and everyone who has fallen asleep.
Teach me to live that I may dread
The grave as little as my bed.
Teach me to die that so I may
Rise glorious at the awesome day.
Wir sind alle Bettler,
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