More Resurrection Thoughts

He is Risen!

It’s now a few days after our Resurrection Celebrations World Wide. I’m still rejoicing and humbled how every year the Crucifixion & Resurrection take on a deeper meaning for me.

I’ll never forget that very first Sunrise Service I took part in when I was 15 years old. It was little Azalea garden in Smiths Station, Alabama where a small number of people gathered together to see the sun come up, sing a few songs and read the Resurrection Story. Even though I had not formally accepted the call to preach, other people realized there was a calling to some kind of leadership on my life and they asked me to read the story.

This was my first real encounter with the Holy Spirit! I had never sensed the Power of God like I did that first Resurrection morning. I wonder if the women felt the same thing. Or were they still so overwhelmed with the grief of seeing the Lord crucified on the Friday before, they didn’t realize the magnitude of what was taking place?

Luke tells us that after His resurrection “He showed Himself alive by many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3). Ever since that fateful day as a 15-year-old, Jesus has proved Himself to me with “many infallible proofs”; so many proofs that I want to stand on top of the highest build and scream “JESUS IS LORD!!!!!”

But why do we say when speaking of the Resurrection, “He is Risen?” I was thinking of this recently when the thoughts ran through my inner man, “because His name is not, I was, or I will be: He is I AM that I AM!

Just as faith always IS and never WAS, He IS risen because He is our very PRESENT help in trouble.  [Psalms 46/Hebrews 11:1] Because He lives, He will always be present because He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Yes, he was raised from the dead by the Spirit of His Father; and will forever be IS Risen.

It’s Tuesday after the Resurrection; and He is STILL Risen.

David Copeland

David has been actively involved in church leadership since 1978, the year he accepted his call to the ministry. David currently lives in the East Alabama community of Lanett with his wife of almost four decades Pam. David passionately believes in the local church and served in almost every facet of local church ministry before launching into full time itinerant ministry in 2001. Since then, David has trained pastors and leaders, conducted crusades, help plant churches, and conducted revival campaigns across the United States as well as South America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Kenya East Africa. He and Pam currently lead the Revival Now Schools of Ministry across Kenya as well as helping to establish and build the Hope Centre Children's Home in Kilgoris, Kenya. David ministers with a strong prophetic edge and is passionate about bringing people to a living relationship with Jesus, developing leaders, and empowering those around him to live as Spirit filled disciples of Jesus. He holds a  BA, MA and a Doctor of Theology from Omega Bible Institute and Seminary in Monroe, Louisiana.

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