In the days following Easter, there is a lingering sense of the powerful love of the Father expressed through the giving of Jesus to die for the sin of humanity on the cross and hope of eternity for all who believe in the power of God to resurrect Jesus from the dead. People who believe that their sins are forgiven by faith in the risen Christ are “Easter People” who live with a radical hope for the future. Words from the hymn written by Alfred H. Ackley in 1933 express this in a powerful way:
“I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;
I know that He is living, whatever foes may say.”
“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.”
(The United Methodist Hymnal)
Believing in the Resurrection without seeing the resurrected Christ is a “leap of faith,” and yet, when one takes the leap, the heart confirms the truth of one’s faith. So, “Easter People,” let your Easter song of faith put a song in your heart that rings true in the depths of your soul. He lives, Jesus lives today!