Saturday, April 23, 2011

"He Is Risen From the Dead"--David Lewis

David Lewis, affectionately known to me as "Pap", has been a friend and mentor for many years. His shepherding heart and loving care have helped me navigate many roads over the last 24 years. There are few people in this world I love more than David. I can't imagine anyone better to close this series with a word of pure HOPE about the resurrection power we have in Jesus. David constantly reminds me that God has placed Eternity in my heart. He always reminds me of how much God loves me. I pray you feel His deep love for you today! Thank you, Pap!

I read a little story about a famous painting that once hung in an art gallery in Europe.  It's a depiction of Faust (that fictional character that sold his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures) playing chess with the devil.  In the painting, the devil has Faust checkmated and is claiming his soul in victory.  Over the years people looked at this painting and felt a certain identification with it. They would go away and feel like the artist had captured their own hopeless situation when it came to death.  One day a great chess master stood looking at the painting, studying the game board for a long time.  Finally he disturbed everyone in the gallery by stepping back and shouting at the top of his voice, "It's a lie!  The painting is wrong!  The knight and the king have another move!"

 I make no claim to be a great chess player, but I do know what it means to be checkmated and there are times when I have felt this way about death.  What about you?  The empty tomb still shouts, "It's a lie!  The Knight and King have another move!” 

Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, “He is risen from the dead.”  Matt. 28:7         

On this Sunday, “I wish for each of you Easter eyes, able to perceive in death, life; in guilt, forgiveness; in separation, unity; in wounds, glory; in the human, God.”  (Bishop Klaus Hermmerle of Aachen)

David Lewis is the Director of The Haven in Keller, Texas. Please visit his website at or follow his blog at . You can also follow him on Twitter at @DavidKLewis.

Some of you have seen this but I saved it and wanted to share it with you guys on Easter. Love this! This song was comissioned for SBC Houston. One of the things I love most about this is the pure joy on so many of the faces you'll see. What a great testimony! Happy Easter, everyone!

"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."- Pope John Paul II

1 comment:

Jan Meyer said...

Love it!