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Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
1. Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
2. Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
3. Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where's thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!
4. Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!
5. Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!
6. King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!
Interesting Easter Observation
(Originally sent by an unknown minister)
I've been doing some research for my sermon Sunday, realizing how early Easter is this year. As you may have heard me say, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
Found out a couple of things you might be interested in! Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare.
Here's the interesting info. This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier! Here's the facts:
1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!).
2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!
The Easter Trilogy
This is beautiful.
Be sure to go to the link below at Wayne's Bible Studies to read the following:
The Crucifixion and Resurrection
Garden of Gethsemane
The Old Rugged Cross
A veil of Darkness
I bow before the cross of Christ
And marvel at this love divine
God’s perfect Son was sacrificed
To make me righteous in God’s eyes
This river’s depths I cannot know
But I can glory in its flood
The Lord most high has bowed down low
And poured on me his glorious love
As we approach Good Friday and Easter Day, what glorious words we should contemplate as we celebrate the Lord’s wondrous love for us. In fact, for Christians I believe that two of the three most important days in all of history are about to be acknowledged and celebrated – first the death of Jesus on the cross followed by His resurrection on the third day after His death. The remaining day would be of course the birth of Christ which we celebrate as Christmas.
As we contemplate the cross, we so rightly focus on such unimaginable pain and anguish that we all too often fail to contemplate those things which the eye cannot see but are occurring and in motion as follows:
1. Redemption – the debt which we owed for our sins was death but now that Jesus had paid the full price for these transgressions, we are set free from the bondage to sin.
2. Forgiveness – Through the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection of Jesus, God could now release us from the punishment we deserve.
3. Propitiation – Christ’s payment by His death satisfied the Father in fulfilling the justice demanded for sin by a just God.
4. Justification – With Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we as believers are now declared by the Lord as not guilty. While our tendency to sin on earth will not disappear, we are now seen by God as righteous covered in and by the blood of Jesus.
5. Reconciliation – The barrier that separated us from God – sin – has now been removed through the death of Christ on our behalf. When accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, we become the renewed children of God with open access to Him and opportunity for fellowship with Him.
The cross shows us two distinct things – first how much total forgiveness would cost – Jesus would have to give His life for us and second it shows how much God loves and values us – such that He gave His only Son as a sacrifice to bridge the gap back to eternal reconciliation with God – the highest price possible, the life of Jesus.
It is interesting that the last thing Jesus said on the cross was “It is finished”. He, in fact, was saying to His Father, “I have done my part; I have fulfilled my destiny. Now I have total trust and faith that You will finish that which You have begun. While it may have appeared to many to be the end, it was actually the beginning.
Easter is a celebration of God’s promises fulfilled, that through Jesus we are set free. Easter shows God’s amazing love for us, knowing that there was no way we could save ourselves through good deeds or otherwise – we could never present ourselves blameless to Him as would be required – it took Jesus living on Earth in the flesh – a sinless life – to die on the cross ultimately of a broken heart enduring excruciating pain as he carried on His shoulders the burden of your and my sin – past, present, and future. Now, we as believers could be presented to God as blameless to be reunited with Him for eternity.
Within three days from the crucifixion, heartbroken sadness changed to triumphant celebration for the followers of Jesus as He was raised from the dead – to physically walk on earth for forty days before ultimately ascending to Heaven. While the cross screamed “the end”, the empty tomb and resurrection resonated with a louder “the beginning”. The cloud of death, defeat, and despair was now replaced by an unshakeable faith. Hope came alive and all that which He said and taught was validated as truth. He was truly the Messiah. It proved that God indeed was satisfied with His Son’s payment for our sins and that we can now know that our sins are forgiven and through Jesus we have the promise of eternal security.
What greater gift could one desire! The opportunity to be released from final judgment through Jesus – the gate to a new life, with all to live for while on this earth and knowing that Heaven is to be our home for eternity.
Whatever disappointment, frustration, sadness, or challenge with which you may be dealing, please know and claim the truth that the Lord loves you, is more powerful than your circumstances and desires for you what is ultimate good. The disappointments and sadness of life are quite often the door through which greater blessings will come with purpose by God and far greater and deeper than that which you are enduring. His arms are ever open to embrace you with a love that never goes away. In the good times, thank him for His blessings; in the tough times seek His joy – much different and deeper than happiness created by circumstance. This Easter remember what He did for you – Love Him knowing that you can never fully understand the depth of His love until the day you enter Heaven.
Come and see
Come and see, where they laid Him
He is not here
He is living
Quickly now go tell the world.
Christ the Lord
He is risen
The power of God
Forever raised Him
From the grave
Christ, the Lord
He is risen
The power of death
Could never hold Him
In the grave
He is risen, Hallelujah