The Gospel reading for today takes us to the night of Jesus’ betrayal when Jesus delivered his so-called “Farewell Speech” or “Upper Room Discourse.” This speech is extended from Chapter 13 to 17 in John’s Gospel. In this message, Jesus now prepares his way of his passion and death. And at the same time, he helps the disciples be ready as he reminds themselves of his teachings and tells them how to live their life without his physical presence. So, in a certain way, this message is a kind of Jesus’ will prior to his death. Nobody writes unimportant things in the will. When someone writes a will, he/she would take a silent time, reflect deeply on what to include, and try to deliver the most significant things from the bottom of heart. In this sense, Jesus’ farewell speech essentially includes the things that Jesus truly wants us to know and do. This is a lengthy farewell speech, and we may assume that Jesus would convey many lessons in detail, but actually most of his teachings simply revolve around one word, one core word. What is the word? Yes, it is love.
As the believers of Jesus, we firmly believe that Jesus is the love incarnate, the embodiment of the divine love, and our religion and faith is all about love. We are gathered here today because of that love. Right? Even in John’s First Letter, we see that love is not only the center of Christian life but also who God is. In the letter, John simply affirms, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). It doesn’t say, God loves, but God “is” love. Clearly, it tells us that love is not just one of many things that God does. But God is Love. Love indeed is what God is, what Jesus embodies and teaches, and therefore, what we should do in this world. Of course, there should be no doubt about the truth that love is the supreme value to those who follow Jesus.
But here comes one question. Then, “what kind” of love is the love we are talking about? We can say that this love is not just a fuzzy feeling or an abstract idea. But what kind of love is God’s love, the Christ-like love, that we should carry out in our lives? As Methodists, we believe that we are on our journey to reach our goal of faith, Christian perfection. This Christian perfection means the state of our heart that is habitually filled with the love for God and for neighbors. But how can we reach such perfection in love if we are not clear about what kind of love we should live out?
The inspiring voice of John in today’s scripture readings guides us to the answers and to draw a concrete picture of the divine love. What kind of love is God’s love? From today’s readings, we can find three features of God’s love. First, the Gospel reading says that God’s love is just love. God is love, and God is the God of justice. For God, we are sinners; there are times when we are not in good communion with God; we are evil enough to be judged. So although God loves us, God does judge us by the justice of God. And the judgment must be followed by due punishment. In the Gospel reading, Jesus says, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower” (John 15:1). And Jesus says that we are the branches of the vine, and it means that we are connected to Jesus and thus one Body of Christ. But it doesn’t mean that we are now immune to God’s judgment. Rather, according to Jesus, God, the vine grower, is the one who “removes” every branch that bears no fruit and “prunes” every branch to make it bear more fruit (John 15:2). Even though Jesus, the true vine, takes us in as his own branches, we are always under God’s judgement, the vine grower’s cutting and pruning. Indeed, God, who is love, is just.
But wait a moment here. Doesn’t it sound a little weird? On the one hand, God, who is love, dearly cares for us and saves us. On the other hand, God, who is justice, solemnly judges us and punishes us. It seems like God has two sides, two very contradictory sides in Godself. How can God be love and justice at the same? How can redemption and punishment work at the same time? To love us justly, God doesn’t just wait until we repent and become totally pure and sinless, which is impossible. To love us justly, God has justified us, changed us, the sinful, into the justified through Jesus who suffered in our place. God, in Jesus Christ, has taken our sins to the cross and died for our sake. So here, we can see the second character of God’s love: God’s love is self-giving love. Jesus’ sacrificial love on the cross liberates us from our bondage to sin and death and thus, if we believe in him, we can be justified and free. Each one of us is a receiver of this enormous grace. In his letter, John tells us, “God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9). And he continues to say, if we abide in God’s love, “we may have boldness on the day of judgment,” because love casts out our fear for punishment (1 John 4:17-18).
Now, the self-giving love of Jesus has opened a way of grace for us to be in a restored relationship with God, to live in God. As the branches on the vine, we are connected to Christ and nurtured in faith, in love. We abide in Christ. Then, what? Do we just abide in Jesus and do nothing? No. We are called to abide in Jesus in order to bear fruits of love. We Methodists believe, once we are justified by God’s grace we are called to the journey of sanctification until we reach Christian perfection. Once we are loved and so abide in Christ, we are also called to love others as Jesus loves us. The vine branches should bear fruits of love—joy, hope, faith, endurance, courage, self-denial, and many others. Then, lastly, we can say, God’s love is fruitful love.
Sisters and brothers in Christ, I hope you to remember that when we say God is love, we say just love, self-giving love, and fruitful love. With this love God loved us first. And today God is asking us, with this just, self-giving, and fruitful love, we should love one another. It is so true, “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). So we may love justly. As we love one another, let us address any inequities or sins to our common attention so that we may repent and receive God’s forgiveness. We may love in a self-giving way. As we love one another, let us love unconditionally, forgive and embrace, serve others first, empty ourselves. Also, we may love fruitfully. As we love one another, let us abide in Jesus, live in the presence of the Lord together, yield fruits of faith, hope, and more love. Let us love as he first loved us. Let us love as we abide in God’s love that is just, self-giving, and fruitful. Amen.
“Are you in good hands?” Have you ever heard this line from a television commercial? Yes, many of you would be familiar with this from the famous commercial of Allstate, an insurance company. In the commercial, this person, Dennis Haysbert, comes out at the end and always asks in his assuring baritone voice, “Are you in good hands?”
It’s such a great punch line that sounds compelling to customers like us. And because this “in good hands” expression is quite effective, the company even makes the good hands their trademark paired with the slogan, “You’re in good hands.” I think this is a great marketing strategy to set this ideal image of the company that would take an extra measure of care and service for customers. But how good are they in reality? I believe we are old enough to know that most of insurance companies keep us in their good hands as long as we pay the bills and as far as we don’t have any preexisting conditions or liability issues with our properties. True, with an insurance company, we’re in good hands “conditionally.”
Today’s Gospel reading has no catchy line like this commercial. It simply invites us to hear Jesus’ loving voice saying, “I am the good shepherd.” This good shepherd, with his good hands, leads the sheep to green pastures and beside still waters as the well-known Psalm 23 describes. But how good is the good shepherd actually? Jesus answers the question in all clarity: “The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). Then Jesus contrasts the good shepherd to a “hired hand.” What’s the difference between them? Jesus says, “The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away” (John 10:12). While the good shepherd gives up his life because of his love for the sheep, a hired hand takes care of his own life and interest first. So here it becomes clear: a hired hand only conditionally takes care of us, the sheep; however, the good shepherd, with his good hands of grace, embraces us and cares for us regardless of our conditions or personal issues. True, with Jesus our good shepherd, we’re in good hands “unconditionally.”
Through our lives, how many times do we feel like we are in good hands—not in hired hands? How many relationships we have now are unconditional—not conditional? Last week I thought about the unconditional good hands I had in my life. And immediately, the images of my grandmother’s hands came into my mind. I remember her hands, rough and yet warm; they held my little hands and guided me to her humble house through a country road at a beautiful starry night. I remember her hands, wounded and bruised by demanding daily labor on a farmland; yet they always patted me consolingly on my shoulder and healed my heart. I remember her cooking hands grinding beans in a millstone and making the best and the most comforting tofu in the world. And I remember her praying hands folded together every morning, and they must be folded this morning again to pray for her grandson preaching today on the other side of the world. I dearly miss her good hands. Yes, I really do.
People say, to be a grown-up means to be independent from others’ hands. We need to take care of ourselves and make our own ways by our own hands. And we better learn quickly how to deal with all the tough conditions of life and how to survive through all the hired-hand relationships in this real world. But, sometimes, deep inside our hearts, don’t we miss some good hands? The good hands of our family and friends, the good hands that we can depend on, the good hands that help us carry our burdens even for a little while, the good hands that unconditionally encourage us, nudge us, and just silently hold our hands when we are down?
We miss them dearly, but unfortunately, sometimes those good hands are just out of our reach. And sometimes we just can’t hold them anymore in this world. Then, at those moments, when we deeply feel the need of good hands, what shall we do? Sisters and brothers in Christ, at those moments, as we look for the good hands in our lives, let us not just look “around” us first, but rather, let us look “inside” us first. Why? It’s because I’m so sure that inside of every believer’s heart, there already are the good hands of Jesus our Lord that comfort and guide us. Yes, by the unconditional grace of Jesus and through our faith in him, we are already in good hands of the Lord our good shepherd.
So all we need to do is just to be mindful of the abiding presence of the good shepherd in our lives, and hold his good hands with the belief that they will lead us to green pastures and beside still waters. The Lord’s hands are the saving hands; there we see the mark of the nails, the mark he got when he laid down his life on the cross for our salvation. These good hands are the protecting hands; no one, no wolf, can snatch us or scatter us out of his hands (John 10:12).
Sometimes, there may be no green pastures and still waters right next to us. But Jesus is truly our shepherd who trudges through the rocky hills with us in search of a patch of grass. We sometimes have to follow him through the harsh wilderness and the darkest valley. But Jesus is truly our good shepherd who unconditionally cares about us and stays with us at the closest distance through all the hidden dangers and challenges. Our good shepherd is always on our side, guiding us through every fluctuation and phase of our life—either good or bad. With him, we truly are in good hands.
Today, here in our worship service, we are invited to look inside, to be awakened to the abiding presence of the good shepherd in our lives, and to hold his good hands in faith. Look inside your heart and your lives. You are already in good hands of our good shepherd. So reach in and hold his good hands to live a new life. Then, reach out and hold others’ hands to be their good hands, to share the love of Jesus with them. Are you in good hands? The Lord is our shepherd. Let us entrust our lives to his good hands. Amen.
Have you ever seen any kid who hates animated movies? I haven’t seen one yet. Most kids love watching them and I was not an exception. But there was no cable TV as such back then, so I always felt that I couldn’t watch enough. One day, I heard great news. In my church, a library newly opened and there was a bookshelf full of VCRs. I was exhilarated and since then, I came home with one or two VCRs every Sunday. I still clearly remember my favorite animated movie series that I rented from the library. It’s called “The Bible Time Travelers.” As the title tells, it’s about a group of children traveling back to the past by using their time machine. What they do is to find famous biblical figures and get to involve in their historical events. It was really fun to watch.
Recently, my fond memories of this animated movie occurred to me as I was reading today’s Gospel reading. Here we see again the disbelieving disciples who doubted Jesus’ resurrection even after they meet Jesus and see his wounds. How come they can’t believe in Jesus’ resurrection even after they meet him in person? I asked… and I thought, like the movie, if I were able to travel back and meet the resurrected Jesus in person like the disciples, I would definitely believe in the resurrection forever without any doubt. Why? Because then, I would really witness the resurrection as a historical event. But I know it’s impossible. And more importantly, I know it’s not necessary. It’s not necessary at all for me to prove the resurrection as a historical fact in order to believe it.
In every Easter season, you’d meet some people who always ask, “Did the resurrection really happen? How can you believe it’s really true?” And even we, the followers of Jesus Christ, can’t deny that some similar questions arise from deep inside of our minds. True, we sometimes doubt, and I think it’s natural. But today, I would like to share one wisdom with you, one wisdom we better remember whenever we encounter those questions regarding the historicity or factuality of the resurrection. And it’s very simple. That is, our faith doesn’t need historical verification to prove the authenticity of the resurrection. Faith is not like our knowledge. Our faith in the resurrection is very different from knowing about one plus one equals two or about Abraham Lincoln. Why? It’s because our faith is not a result of human reason or historical evidence. But it is the result of being personally met by the living Christ in our lives. The resurrected Jesus who comes to us and gives us new life here and now… no human knowledge can prove this holy mystery we experience.
Even though we don’t have to historically prove our faith, Christians, including myself, never deny that the resurrection was historically true. Look at the history of Christianity. Something must have happened. Something incredible must have happened and turned the disheartened, disillusioned, and fearful disciples crouching behind locked doors into the great apostles who preached, witnessed, suffered, and even died for the sake of Jesus and his good news. Something groundbreaking must have happened and intruded in among the life of Paul and early Christians and radically changed them and enabled them to endure all the persecutions and oppressions. 
But again, the wisdom we should remember today is… that our faith in the resurrection of Jesus doesn’t really need historical verification. How come? It’s because the resurrection of Jesus is still happening even now, and it will continuously happen in the future. Surely, it’s foolish to ask historical evidence for the live event that always happens in our hearts and in our church. Yes, the resurrected Christ is with us. Our Christian faith affirms that we died with him on the cross and we live again with him to the new life. Because he lives again, we can be the new creation redeemed by his love and grace. The resurrection happens in our lives, every time we die to ourselves and live for Christ, every time we empty our ego and embody Christ’s love, every time we deny our will and live out Christ’s will. Yes, the resurrection happens here and now. And we don’t need a time machine to meet our risen Lord. We can look into our hearts and see the risen Lord come to our lives, touch our hearts, grow our faith and empower us to love one another as he loves us. Within our hearts, he lives indeed.
Rev. Alfred H. Ackley, writer of the famous hymn, “He Lives,” was asked a question by a young Jewish student at a revival meeting.
The bold question was, “Why should I worship a dead Jew?” Rev. Ackley began to explain how that Jesus was alive. He said, “He Lives! I tell you; He is not dead, but lives here and now! Jesus Christ is more alive today than ever before. I can prove it by my own experience, as well as the testimony of countless thousands.” A few weeks later, in the morning of Easter Sunday in 1932, Rev. Ackley was preparing for his a worship service. As he was shaving, he tuned on the radio to hear a special Easter broadcast. “Good morning!” The well-known preacher began. “It’s Easter! You know folks, it really doesn’t make any difference to me if Christ be risen or not. As far as I am concerned, his body could be as dust in some Palestinian tomb. The main thing is, his truth goes marching on!” Rev. Ackley was mad. “It’s a lie!” He anyway had to go to his church. On that Easter Sunday, he fervently preached on the resurrection. But at the end of the day, he still felt that he had not yet said everything he wanted to say. So that very night, Rev. Ackley wrote the words, and then composed the melody just as it appears in our hymnal today.
In the hymn, he testifies, “He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.” Sisters and brothers in Christ, in this beautiful season of Easter, as you meditate on the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection in your lives, I hope and pray that you may remember and hold onto this wisdom… our faith in the resurrection of Jesus doesn’t depend on mere historical proof. Does our faith in our risen Christ fill our lives with joy and hope, comfort and strength? Does our faith in the everlasting Christ empower us to carry on through any hardships in life? Does our faith in the new life enable us to overcome even the power of evil and death? Then, we surely know Jesus Christ lives within our hearts, and that’s how people around us will know the authenticity of our faith in our risen Lord. May the Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead always be with us and lead us to keep this faith, and may the risen Christ continue to make our lives the greatest proof of the resurrection always. Amen.
 Willam Willimon, Will Willimon’s Lectionary Sermon Resource, Year B, Part 1(Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2017), 268-269.
 The story is from two books: Carlton R. Young, Companion to The United Methodist Hymnal(Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993), 391. George W. Sanville, Forty Gospel Hymn Stories(Winona Lake, IN: Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Co, 1943), 34.And two online resources: https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-he-lives
Jesus died on the cross, and the disciples locked themselves in a house. The Gospel says that they did it “for the fear of the Jews.” I have no idea whose house it was or where the house was. But for sure, they gathered together in that house, shut the door tightly, and perhaps sealed the window too, so that they couldn’t be noticed by anyone around. And they stayed like that for three days. As I read today’s Gospel reading last week, I just couldn’t help imagining what they would have done and how they would have felt in the house for those three days.
I imagine that the house was filled with heavy air and deadly silence. There, the disciples had to talk to one another with muffled voices and sometimes held their breath when someone knocked on the door. They were totally locked in the house with their seriously wounded hearts. Yes, they were the ones who betrayed Jesus, their friend and the Lord. They helplessly left him alone and couldn’t do anything for him. Even though they heard what Mary Magdalene testified, “I have seen the Lord,” they couldn’t believe it and there was nothing they could do but remaining in the house (John 20:18). The light of Easter hasn’t crossed the threshold of the house.
The disciples try to deny and forget the suffocating tragedy to pull themselves together and mend their broken hearts. However, in the house, they can’t even breathe freely. They are in short of breath whenever they remind themselves of the miserable fact that as the disciples of Jesus the crucified, they are also suspected of the possible rebels and criminals now. They can’t even breathe freely. Their chest feel tight whenever they feel so worried and confused as they agonize over how to live on without Jesus, their breath of life. And in the house, their wounds can’t be healed. Rather, they get hurt more and more whenever they think about what happened to Jesus on Friday and the way of his horrible death. Their wounds can’t be healed. Their hearts are weighed down with the intense emotions of remorse and sadness. And they know they will never be free from these heavy feelings haunting them.
In the house, the disciples lock themselves in—not just their bodies but also their souls. But into this very house, the shadowy place of heavy breath and painful wounds, Jesus enters. He comes in through the locked door. He comes and says, “Peace be with you.” (20:19) As if nothing serious has happened, he greets them, “shalom.” But, the disciples cannot immediately recognize him. The Gospel tells us that only after Jesus showed them his wounds, “Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.” (20:20) And here what Jesus does to his disciples is very significant. Jesus “breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” (20:22). Jesus breathed on them. His breath of life, the breath of the Holy Spirit, liberates them, and lets them breathe freely, lets them truly breathe in the love of Jesus Christ again and breathe out his peace and joy. Jesus breathes the Spirit into their heavy hearts. And their hearts are instantly unlocked and the wave of Easter joy finally comes into them.
Into the house, Jesus comes not only once. But he comes again for Thomas who was not there when Jesus first visited the disciples. The Gospel writes that even after hearing the witness of Mary Magdalene and the testimonies of other disciples, Thomas says, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe” (20:25). A week after, when the disciples including Thomas gather again in the house, Jesus visits them again. And at the very moment of this encounter, Jesus shows Thomas his wounds and asks him to put his finger and hand in them. Thomas cries out, “My Lord and my God” (20:27). By touching the wounds of Jesus, the mark of everlasting love, the unhealed wounds of Thomas are healed. When Jesus’ wounds meet the disciples’ wounds, when his traces of self-sacrificing love meet the disciples’ broken hearts, there is healing. Through this healing, the disciples become made whole one more time.
In today’s Gospel story, we see the unfathomable love of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the one who finds the disciples first after his resurrection. And Jesus personally comes to them again when they need him most. The breath of the Holy Spirit Jesus breathes and the wounds of self-giving love he carries on his resurrected body, indeed, liberate the disciples from the house, from the place of heavy breath and painful wounds and mend their hearts. Even after his resurrection, Jesus continues his ministry and once again, he saves their souls with his love and encourages them to rise up with a new assurance of faith and fresh vision.
Sisters and brothers in Christ, as we live our lives, there may be days of despair and sorrow, the days when we lose our faith, the days when we are deeply wounded and can’t breathe. In those days, like the disciples, we may think that Jesus is not here with us anymore, and we may lock ourselves in our own places of silence and darkness. But I truly believe that in those days and into those places, Jesus will come. He will surely come, no matter how tightly we locked the door of our hearts, no matter how firmly we close our spiritual window. The resurrected Jesus will come with the light of Easter. The doors and windows are not a problem, he will pass through them to come into our hearts. And he will breathe into us the Spirit of life, the Spirit of the living God, and revive our hearts. He will show us his sacred wounds and reconnect us to his everlasting love that conquers even the fearful power of death. Whenever his breath meets our breath, whenever his wounds meet our wounds, the true healing, the true revival, the true resurrection of our souls will always happen within our lives. Can you believe it?
So Easter people, raise your voices and tell others that Jesus will come and visit all who believe in his love. And he will liberate us from the shadows, restore our brokenness to breathe freely, and heal our wounds with his self-giving love. Amen.
“March for Our Lives.” You may have heard of this great demonstration that took place in many cities last Saturday, March 24th. It was initially planned and organized by the student survivors of mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida. And it became one of the largest protests in American history. What the students demanded was simple and clear. “Let us fight for our lives. Let us live, rather than be killed by guns.” I think we better listen to this cry in all seriousness as a call to change our society where gun violence and mass shooting become normalcy in our daily lives.
After the 2017 Las Vegas Shooting, I read a terrifying article on NBC News. It says, more Americans have died from gunshots in the last 50 years than in all of the wars in the whole American history. “Since 1968, more than 1.5 million Americans have died in gun-related incidents, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By comparison, approximately 1.2 million service members have been killed in every war in U.S. history, according to estimates from the Department of Veterans Affairs.” Can you believe this? America is truly waging the most destructive war against itself. 1.5 million! And this horrifying number is ever increasing at this very moment.
As a way of making a change to this grave situation, the students courageously marched on for life. “Why does this tragedy happen over and over again?” “What’s the solution to end this misery?” When people asked aimless questions and had pointless discussions, when we were in grief and didn’t know what to do, when politicians and lawmakers never acted for change but only sent their thoughts and prayers, the students from Parkland, Florida marched on for the precious, God-given, life of all of us.
And today, on this beautiful Easter Sunday, I see, there is a clear reason for us, Christians, to also advocate life against the pervasive culture of gun violence that has erected massive tombs around us. Yes, we also have a reason to uphold life against this era of mass shooting that has turned God’s vineyard of life into a burial ground. And here is the reason: we believe in a very special life that saves lives, empowers lives, and gives a firm assurance of new life. We believe in the robust life that has conquered the power of death, the everlasting life that has been raised and broken free even from the tomb, the new life that has become an unquenchable hope for all people’s lives on the earth. Indeed, the resurrection of Jesus is our ultimate reason to fight the good fight of faith in this troubled world. And the resurrection of Jesus is our reason to take hold of the light of life and be living proof of resurrection in this world, living proof of the power of life here and now.
For this very reason, therefore, we are called today to uphold life by testifying to Jesus who is resurrection and life. Today’s Gospel reading tells us the story of three women disciples. At early dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome came to the tomb of Jesus. They were the most faithful followers of Jesus who stayed beside Jesus along his trial to his crucifixion. They were deeply troubled when they saw the stone, which had once sealed the tomb, was now rolled away. And they were shocked as they entered the tomb and found that Jesus was not there. Instead, they encountered a young man in a white robe. He said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” (Mark 16:6-7). They went out and fled from the tomb. They were scared and amazed.
Anyhow, the core of the message that the messenger delivered is simple and clear. “Go and tell.” Jesus is risen. So leave this tomb right now; go and tell the disciples and all the others that the death has been conquered and our life has become worth living with a great hope in the victory of our risen Lord. Go and tell it to those who live their lives under the power of death. Tell them, Jesus lives; Jesus wins. Go and tell it to those who live in darkness, in despair and distress, in fear and anxiety. Tell them, Jesus will set you free from your bondage. Go and tell it to those families and friends of the victims of violence. Tell them, up from the grave he arose. Go and tell. Live your lives anew in the light of resurrection. Save lives and empower lives in Jesus’ name. Yes, this is our call today. And to live out this call, we, the Easter people, should raise our voices today.
Sisters and brothers in Christ, today, Jesus is calling us to uphold life and be the living proof of resurrection to the end of our lives. In his book, Strength for the Journey, Rev. Peter J. Gomes writes, “Indeed, the greatest argument for the validity of the Christian life is the life of a Christian: we are the arguments for the resurrection; we are the living roots for the existence of God” (p. 281). Are we living our life as the argument for the resurrection here? Are we living our lives as the living root and proof of the power of undefeated life now? Let us go and tell the good news of Jesus’ resurrection and testify to his light of life in us, so that this light can shine on in this world. Go and tell! Share life and love with one another, and together let us fight against the pervasive power of death in this world. Jesus lives, so let him live in us! Jesus lives, so let his power of resurrection abound in our life! Go and tell. Christ, indeed, is risen today. Hallelujah! Amen.