The renowned conductor Reichel was conducting a great orchestra and choir in the final rehearsal of Messiah. They had come to that point where the soprano soloist takes up the refrain, “I know that my Redeemer liveth.” With the chorus quiet, her elegant voice rang out. It was marked by perfect technique in breathing and enunciation. She sand with near perfection.
As the final note faded into silence, the entire orchestra expected to see Reichel’s nod of approval. But instead, he stepped down from the podium and made his way to the singer. With a look of sorrow, he said, “My daughter, you do not really know that your Redeemer lives, do you?” “Why, yes,” she blushingly replied. “Then sing it!” cried Reichel. “Tell it to me so that I will know, and all who hear you will know that you know the joy and power of it!” Turning to the orchestra, he motioned to begin again. This time the soloist sang the truth as she knew it in her own heart and soul. Those listening wept under the powerful witness.
My beloved, if we have trusted Christ as our Savior, then His indwelling Spirit desires “that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:10). Others need a witness from those who really know the power of His resurrection. Will they hear it from us? If we know it, then let’s show it!
When we witnessed the World Trade Center towers coming down to the ground in a very deafening roar of billowing debris, citizens of New York experienced what many people in other parts of the world had already known – the fear of terrorism. Since then and especially of recent events and all the unrest in our world may make us think our future is very hopeless. We might even conclude that this isn’t the kind of world in which to have and raise children.
However, there is one shining of hope that remains, which can brighten our view of the future. Bill Gaither captured it in his song titled, “Because He Lives.” The idea for the song came to him in the late 1960s, a time of social unrest in the United States and conflict in Southeast Asia. His wife Gloria was expecting a child, and they felt that it was a poor time to bring a child into the world. However, when their son was born, Bill thought of the living Savior and these words came to his mind, “This child can face uncertain days because He lives.”
A proud and ungodly professor said to a young child who believed in the Lord Jesus, “My dear little girl, you don’t know whom you believe in. There have been many christs. In which of them do you believe?” “I know which one I believe in,” replied the child. “I believe in the Christ who rose from the dead!” Over two thousand years ago, Jesus rose from the grave and gave “many infallible proofs” that He was alive (Acts 1:3). My beloved, Jesus is alive (Luke 24:1-12), and because He lives within us, we can face tomorrow, with the hope, the joy and the eternal assurance, that only He (Christ) can give.
Christ’s empty tomb fills us with HOPE because Calvary’s cross is the only bridge to eternal life.