He Died, He Rose for Us

It is good to feel a greater sense of independence and normalcy in my life. In the last few days my energy has been good and my level of activity seems to be more normal. Yesterday, I even tried to mow the grass pushing the lawn mower in front of my wheelchair. I did get one pass half way to the backyard before Christian came to my rescue. I gave the concept of a “riding lawn mower” a new name. It may have been a lawn mower dragging a wheelchair.

Today I ran some errands with Debbie. We dropped off our lawn mower for a spring turn up and then Debbie picked up a new phone at the Sprint store and then we stopped at the Qdoba next door for lunch.

We went to our Easter Eve service tonight. First time we had a “Jesus is almost risen” celebration. Just kidding. Since it was Easter Sunday somewhere in the world we focused on the Church around the world gathering to celebrate “He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!”


All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isa. 53:6 (NKV)

By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.           Isaiah 53:11,12

These words spoken by the prophet hundreds of years before Christ, spoke of One who would come as the redeemer of mankind. Not just for God’s own people, but for us ALL. As I read these twelve verses today, they seemed to stand out as if I was reading them for the first time. I would encourage you to read this chapter for yourself.

This year I have been made aware of the significance of Easter and the resurrection celebration by believers all over the world. It is not in our face through media because we are not reminded that “there are __________ number of shopping days until Easter.” But considering the Lenten season and the Holy Week, there are some great opportunities, if they are seized to gain a great understanding and appreciation for Jesus, His life, ministry, death on the cross and resurrection and promise to come again.

I recall the old gospel song that contains the words, “I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene and wonder how He could love me, a sinner condemned unclean.

Consider the following…

The Greatest Man in History Jesus had no servants,

Yet they called Him Master.

Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.

Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.

He had no army, yet kings feared Him.

He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world.

He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.

I feel honored to serve such a Leader who loves us!