Sunday, April 20, 2014

Because of Him

This Easter weekend, the phrase "Because of Him" is all over my newsfeed.

It comes from this wonderful video:

I've loved how I've been able to see the love that so many people feel for their Savior. I've loved how posts usually containing silly complaints or sarcastic jabs at life instead show smiling faces and sincere and heartfelt thoughts of gratitude.

At first I wasn't going to do anything. I was content with appreciating the good feelings and reminders I was getting from so many of my friends. "Their posts are enough," I thought. "The world doesn't need another #BecauseofHim post."

But that's just it. The world does.

I believe that Jesus Christ died, and lives, for each and every individual, regardless of their belief in Him. Through His atoning grace and because of His sacrifice, hearts can be healed and lives can be repaired.

One of my favorite hymns is "I Know That My Redeemer Lives". On this Easter day, it's nice to be reminded not just that he lives, but why. I'll share some of my favorite verses below.

I know that my Redeemer lives.
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead.
He lives, my ever-living Head.

Why does he live?

He lives to bless me with his love.
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed.
He lives to bless in time of need.

He lives to grant me rich supply.
He lives to guide me with his eye.
He lives to comfort me when faint.
He lives to hear my soul's complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears.
He lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart.
He lives all blessings to impart.

Because of Him, I can experience the beauty of the world (as it was created by His hands). Because of Him, I have peace. Because of Him, I've never felt lost. Because of Him, I can find the strength not only to be positive, but to find joy. 

Yes, I know that hundreds are sharing their testimonies of their Savior today. But let my voice join the rest of theirs because I, too, have been blessed because of Him.

Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
"I know that my Redeemer lives!"

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