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Rejoice: An Easter Declaration

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Christ Jesus is risen – He is risen indeed!

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Three days from an ending to a beginning

three days from mourning to joy

three days from weeping to wonder

the sign of Jonah, the temple raised up

the miracle of all miracles has unfolded

true are the claims of the Ancient One

the prophecies of times long passed are fulfilled

the guarded tomb stone has been rolled away

empty is the gloomy space of death’s chamber

the pierced and broken body of the Crucified One gone

the Resurrection and the Life has shed the grave clothes

the angel’s good news proclaimed – “He is not here”

the heavenly host’s praises sung – “Worthy is the Lamb”

the shrieks of hell’s horde begun

the dark god of this age has been crushed

rescued from the dominion of darkness are the saints

ushered into the kingdom of light are the redeemed

the sting of death is healed  

by faith, life forever is ours

no longer objects of wrath is the seed of Abraham

the beloved of the King is our identity

there is no longer condemnation

the curse of Eden’s fall has been lifted 

receive the peace, the hope, the forgiveness

at the Lord Almighty’s right hand is our risen Intercessor

in His name we approach the eternal throne 

soon His return will welcome us home.

Hallelujah, Christ was dead and is now alive!

Let all that has breath rejoice.

— Philip A. Gunther

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