Easter Poems

COME FORTH!

Before the tomb Christ stood one day
And dried the people’s tears away
As He spoke forth in mighty voice
That made Judea’s hills rejoice,
“Come forth!”

Inside the tomb Christ lay one morn;
Defeated seemed salvation’s horn;
But God the Father spoke the word
And this He said tho’ no man heard,
“Come forth!”

Inside the tomb of sin I lay,
The price of sin I had to pay;
But Christ, the raiser of the dead,
Spoke to my poor bound soul and said
“Come forth!”

And when that great and final sound
Shall raise our loved ones from the ground,
‘Twill be the last time we shall hear
That glorious sound upon our ear;
“Come forth!”

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HOW DO I KNOW
Eugene M. Harrison

How do I know that Christ is risen?
What proof have I to give?
He touched my life one blessed day,
And I began to live.

How do I know He left the tomb
That Easter long ago?
I met Him just this morning, and
My life is all aglow.

How do I know that endless life
He gained that day for me?
His life within is proof enough
Of immortality.

How do I know that Christ still lives
Rich blessings to impart?
I know it’s true because He lives
And reigns within my heart.

When A Friend Goes To Heaven

WHEN A FRIEND GOES TO HEAVEN

I have had two dear friends of a lifetime leave their earthly ministry and enter Heaven’s gates this year. Both of them Great men of God with faithful godly wives and wonderful families. We all miss them dearly. I still have waves of grief sweep over me from time to time. I am not a crier under most conditions. But I have shed tears many times reminiscing over these two faithful servants of God.

One was R. B. Adamson. We went to church together as boys in Louisville, KY at Southside Baptist Church. He became a pastor in Bowling Green, KY while I was there working for IBM. After much faithful prodding on his part with weekly visits my wife, Nancy, and I attended Bethel Baptist Church where he was pastoring. Before long I had rededicated my life to Christ, my wife had gotten saved and we began to serve the Lord. We never looked back. We became lifelong friends with Bro. R. B. and his dear wife Sondra. It wasn’t long until God made it clear to me that God was calling me to full time Christian service. That was in 1966 (47 years ago). He was a faithful preacher and pastor until God took him home this year. I preached his funeral.

The other was Ed Snider. I met Bro. Ed at Glendale Baptist Church 46 years ago. We both along with our wives Sheila and Nancy became members there about the same time. When I became a staff member at Glendale Bro. Ed became like a volunteer assistant. When God called me to Louisville to pastor Shawnee Baptist Church, Bro. Ed took much of my staff responsibility. It wasn’t but a few years until I needed a faithful staff member. I called Bro. Ed and he joined me there in September of 1976 serving as a loyal associate for 33 years. Our families literally grew up together. After I resigned as pastor of Shawnee he continued to serve the pastor and people of Shawnee until God took him home to Heaven this year. I preached his funeral.

When a friend goes to Heaven two verses come to mind that bring peace and even joy to my soul.

Psalms 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
When Bro. R. B. and Bro. Ed woke up in God’s presence it was a wonderful event, a blessed event… Like when your children come home from a long absence… This verse calls it, “Precious.” God is Blessed

Rev 14:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”
Not only is it precious to the LORD, it is also a Blessed event for those who die in the Lord. What a glorious eternal day. Resting from labours Rejoicing in rewards from heavenly work they did on earth. So not only is God blessed but our friends in Heaven are Blessed.
In Heaven everyone is rejoicing. It seems we are the only ones still grieving. I suppose we will miss our loved ones until we meet them in Heaven. Still we can believe God and press on in spiritual victory with thanksgiving.

1Co 15:57-58 “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (58) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

Thank the Lord that the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the grave takes the sting out of death and victory away from the grave. We will see our loved ones again

In this Easter season as we think of our living Lord let’s also remember our living loved ones waiting for us on the other side.

1Corinthians 15:20 “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.”

Mark 16:6 “… Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.”

John 11:25-26 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (26) And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

Now let’s get busy inviting our living friends, neighbors, co-workers, relatives and everyone we meet to meet our living Saviour.

Let’s rejoice in the empty tomb. Let’s tell them the gospel story.
Let’s give our testimony. Let’s bring them in. If they don’t come …. Let’s invite them again.

S. M. Lockeridge – KING JESUS

The following was sent to an IFB preachers e-mail group I enjoy being part of by Bro. Roy Cardle.  Dr. Lockeridge exalts our Saviour.  Take a couple of minutes and read it.  It will stir you.Bro. Lonnie – John 15:8

“JESUS – THE KING”

During this season of the Christian calendar our thoughts are on our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  In this brief study we will look at His Kingship.  In the Old Testament three great offices were created by God to meet the spiritual and material needs of his chosen people.  These offices are:  the prophet, the priest and the king.  In the New Testament Jesus fulfilled all three offices.  Jesus fulfilled the ministry of prophet beginning at the River Jordan and ended at Calvary.  He fulfills the ministry of priest.  This began at the Cross and will end at His Second Coming.  He will fulfill the office of the King. 

Here are some thoughts of a famous preacher, S. M. Lockridge.  I heard him preach this on one of his trips to Alabama to preach to the Pastor’s Conference. 

The Bible says that my King is a seven way King.

He’s the King of the Jews – that’s a racial King.

He’s the King of Righteousness.

He’s the King of the nations – that’s an international King.

He’s the King of the ages.

He’s the King of Heaven.

He’s the King of Glory.

He’s the King of kings and He’s Lord of lords.

That’s My King.  Do you know Him?

 

David says that the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork. 

My King is a Sovereign King. 

No means of measure can define His limitless love.

No far seeing telescope can bring in the visibility of the coastline of His shoreless supplies.

No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessings.

 

He’s enduringly strong.

He’s entirely sincere.

He’s eternally steadfast.

He’s immortally graceful.

He’s imperially powerful.

And He’s impartially merciful.

Do you know Him?

 

He’s the greatest phenomena that has ever crossed the horizon of the world.

He’s God’s Son.

He’s a sinner’s Saviour.

He’s the centerpiece of civilization.

He stands in the solitude of Himself.

He’s august and unique.

He’s unparalleled.

He’s unprecedented.

He is the loftiest idea in Literature.

He’s the highest personality in Philosophy.

He’s the supreme problem in Higher Criticism.

He’s the fundamental doctrine of true Theology.

He’s the core, the necessity of spiritual Religion.

He’s the Miracle of the ages.

He is the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him.

He’s the only One qualified to be an All-sufficient Saviour.

I wonder if you know Him?

 

He supplies strength for the weak.

He is available for the tempted and the tried.

He sympathizes and He saves.

He strengthens and sustains.

He guards and He guides.

He heals the sick.

He cleansed the lepers.

He forgives the sinners.

He discharges the debtors.

He delivers the captives.

He defends the feeble.

He blesses the young.

He serves the unfortunate.

He regards the aged.

He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek.

I wonder if you know Him?  This is my king.

 

Well, He’s the key to knowledge.

He’s the wellspring of wisdom.

He’s the doorway of deliverance.

He’s the pathway of peace.

He’s the roadway of righteousness.

He’s the highway of holiness.

He’s the gateway of glory.

 

His office is manifold.

His promise is sure.

His life is matchless.

His goodness is limitless.

His mercy is everlasting.

His love never changes.

His Word is enough.

His grace is sufficient.

His reign is righteous.

And His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

 

He’s indescribable, He’s indescribable, He’s indescribable.

He’s incomprehensible.

He’s invincible.

He’s irresistible.

You can’t get Him out of your mind.

You can’t get Him off your hands.

 

You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him.

 

The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him.

 

Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him.

The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree.

Herod couldn’t kill Him.

Death couldn’t handle Him.

And the grave couldn’t hold Him.

That’s My King.  That’s My King.

 

And thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever, and ever, and ever,….How long is that?  And ever and ever.

 

And when you get through with all the forevers, then AMEN.

 

GOD AND GREAT ALMIGHTY.

 

AMEN AND AMEN.