Sunday, April 16, 2017

He Wouldn’t Stay Dead - Easter 2017

Easter 2016 we were in Quartzsite, Arizona. 

Easter 2015 we were in Evansville, Indiana. 

Easter 2014 was the last Easter we were home. 

We were home unexpectedly that Easter because Odie had gone completely blind in her left eye. We had canceled revivals to come home in order for Odie to seek medical help. Easter Sunday was the eighth day of her blindness. 

It was a dark and difficult week for us. We were never more aware of the biblical fact that "fear hath torment." What did we do? We went to church and celebrated the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ in spite of the darkness. He rose from the dead and conquered death, hell and the grave and our personal circumstances will never change that fact!

By Monday night, God began to turn the situation around and the resurrected Savior brought victory once again! We praised Him for the resurrection even though we felt more like cowering in fear. He turned our mourning to dancing and we are still rejoicing. Thanks be unto God for our resurrected Lord! 

Odie told about all of that from her perspective yesterday.

Today we bring you our Easter tradition on I am posting our annual Easter poem on this beautiful Resurrection Sunday. I hope you enjoy it!

I have quoted this poem in my preaching for many, many years and it thrills me yet today. It was written by a Baptist preacher named Willard G. Thomas from Georgia. I heard him quote it in person long years ago. It spoke to me then and it speaks to me every time I think of it. I love this poem. I added the last stanza when I started quoting it myself.

May God bless you on this Easter. 

If you are not a Christian, may you be moved by the fact that Jesus Christ died for you and then got up out of the grave for you as well. Thank God! He arose! Take a moment to think about it all.


He Wouldn’t Stay Dead
by:Willard G. Thomas

They laid His body in Joseph’s new tomb
And filled His disciples with sorrow and gloom
They did not remember what He had said
That He would die, but He wouldn’t stay dead

Mary came at the break of day
And found the stone was rolled away
She saw an angel and in terror fled
And told His disciples that He didn’t stay dead

In that cold dark tomb He would not stay
He conquered death and walked away
And now that old grave has lost it’s fear and dread
He lives again! He wouldn’t stay dead

Full atonement and pardon were made
And forever the sin debt was marked fully paid
The price was His blood as it flowed crimson red
And I’m thankful today that He didn’t stay dead!

Let’s go to our churches and cry aloud
Let’s go to the marketplace and talk to the crowd
Let’s go to the mission fields that lie up ahead
And tell the whole world that He didn’t stay dead!

Because if Jesus Christ had only died
Then the gulf between us and God would still be wide
But thank God He did what He said
He got up out of the ground, He couldn’t stay dead!

Last Stanza by Davy Boggs

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