He is not dead, He is alive

As I was looking at the Easter story for some children’s work, this sentence jumped out at me. “Please don’t be afraid” the angel told them. “Jesus isn’t here anymore. He is not dead, He is Alive”


It’s from a Bible written for very young children, but the simplicity of the wording stuck with me: He is not dead, He is alive.


It’s been a year now since the first lockdown began. And, as I read these words 'He is not dead, He is alive' it struck me, in the last year, just how much Jesus has been with us!


He is not dead, He is alive


He was with me when we got to go on a holiday in the summer, to one of our favourite places.

He is not dead, He is alive


He was with me singing praises in the kitchen cuddling my youngest as he struggled to understand the changes that were happening.

He is not dead, He is alive


As we spent time with family and friends over zoom or over the garden fence.

He is not dead, He is alive


In the loneliness of a morning when the sky was grey and the rain was falling.

He is not dead, He is alive


Jesus is not dead. He is alive, so we can know him as Friend. As Counsellor. As King. As Comforter. Over the last year, I wonder whether you have had days where Jesus might have been so tangible, so palpable. Like you could touch Him, knowing He is in the room with you. Other weeks He might have felt so far away, hard to catch like a feather in the wind. He is not dead, He is alive

This last year has, for many of us, been full of happiness, sadness, loneliness, peacefulness, joy, anger – in my house that could all be in the space of twenty minutes!! I wonder whether we have looked back and really searched for where Jesus was?


As we come out of lockdown and we begin to look forward to the next things, let us also pause and look back.


He is not dead, He is alive


He is not dead, He is alive


Let's take this promise with us as we begin to re-emerge and celebrate Easter. As we remember what Jesus did for us on the cross.


As we rejoice that He is not dead, He is alive.


Nikki

St Mark’s Children and Family Outreach Worker





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