Saturday, April 30, 2011

Easter II: He that hath the Son...

ALMIGHTY FATHER, which hast given Thy only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification; Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve Thee in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [Thomas Cranmer]
WHATSOEVER is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which He bath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. [I John 4]


Though dead, not dead:
Not gone, though fled:
Not lost, though vanished.
In the great gospel and true creed,
He is yet risen indeed:
Christ is yet risen.

[Arthur Hugh Clough]