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He is risen!
Everyone must make this decision
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You don’t have to believe.
That isn’t just an American reality, either, as much as we might want to believe so.
Shakespeare put it well in “Henry V:”
“Every subject’s duty is the king’s; but every subject’s soul is his own.”
Your soul is your own.
You don’t have to believe.
That has been left open to you.
But it would be a great tragedy for you to make a decision without having all the facts.
We are, after all, talking about eternity here.
Whether it’s today or tomorrow or next Sunday, it would be a good idea to at least determine whether you have made the right choice in what amounts to eternity, to many of us.
Bill and Gloria Gaither penned a powerful summation of what today is about in their classic song “It is finished.”.
Not “spring eggs,” not Peeps, not plastic grass, not chocolate bunnies.
It’s about this choice that we all will make, one way or the other:
There’s a line that is drawn through the ages
On that line stands the old rugged cross
On that cross, a battle is raging
For the gain of man’s soul or his loss
On one side, march the forces of evil
All the demons, all the devils of hell
On the other, the angels of glory
And they meet on Golgotha’s hill
The earth shakes with the force of the conflict
And the sun refuses to shine
For there hangs God’s son, in the balance
And then through the darkness he cries
It is finished, the battle is over
It is finished, there’ll be no more war
It is finished, the end of the conflict
It is finished and Jesus is Lord
Yet in my heart, the battle was still raging
Not all prisoners of war had come home
There were battlefields of my own making
I didn’t know that the war had been won
Then I heard the King of the ages
Had fought the battle for me
And victory was mine for the claiming
And now praise His name, I am free.
Happy Easter.
— Chuck Smith