Easter changed everything. Before Jesus rose from the grave; death had won its victory over mankind, hate had triumphed over love and, in expending himself for us on the cross, hope had been killed.
Easter changes everything. In the light of Jesus’ resurrection, life is offered in all its fullness now and promised in its completion in love forever. Hope lives on unfettered by the grave, death’s finality vanquished, love defined and fulfilled. Jesus Christ is risen today. Alleluia!
[click below to listen to Ian McMillan reading my poem on Radio 2 on Easter day]
Part 1 – Death Friday
Hounded, helpless, horror uphill,
Mocking jeers crescendo,
Death’s stench, dark in despairing dread,
Oppressing fear’s echo.
Piercing soulful eyes fixated,
Hope hanging, subsiding, drowning,
Dignity dies, my shame.
Part 2 – Life Sunday
Night’s black breaking: light’s dawn dancing,
Hurry quickening feet,
Heady spices; heavy grieving,
Overwhelmed – crumpled heap.
Erupting anguish obscuring
Gardener’s playful delight,
Agony’s deep yearning, aching,
Exploding joyful elation,
Spirit’s music exclaims,
Touching, soaring – soul suspended,
Jesus beckons my name!
© Jonathan Bryan
10 thoughts on “Rejoice for Jesus has Risen!”
I’ve just heard your Easter poem on Claire Balding’s Radio 2 show. Fantastic!! I am thrilled for you!!! See you soon. Happy Easter to all.
Happy Easter Jonathan, what a lovely start to Easter morning – to hear your poem being read on Radio 2.
It’s a beautiful poem Jonathan, the way you use words fills me with admiration and it really expresses your very deep faith. Thank you. Ali x
Happy Ressurection day! We have an amazing God! This was beautiful. Very good.
Heard your beautiful words this morning. So uplifting and inspiring
I heard your poem on Radio 2 this morning. I found it thought provoking and inspirational.
I hope you don’t mind but I shared your poem on my Facebook page so that all my family and friends can understand what the message of Easter is.
Keep writing, Jonathan, as you have a gift bestowed upon you by God, who will inspire you through his Holy Spirit who is always with you.
Thank you for your kind words, do share my poem but please attribute it to me.
All the best,
I heard your poem this morning on the radio. I was moved to tears. You have captured the anguish and victory of Easter beautifully and powerfully. God has given you a special gift in your writing… and, it seems to me, an extraordinary faith. Bless you.
Thank you for your gift Jonathan…g.
Thanks for sharing
You are an inspiration and a blessing from our Lord, thank you for sharing. Jesus is using you mightily
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