Rejoice for Jesus has Risen!

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]

Jesus’ Beckon

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,

Excruciating pain,

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,

Recognition ignites!


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!

  1. Hi Jonathan,
    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.


  2. 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


  3. 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.
    Trish Warne


  4. 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.


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