Sunday, March 23, 2008

He rose

Today is a day the world and many Christians celebrate Easter -- bunny rabbits and eggs for most, though many Christians also include the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The resurrection is among the most important of doctrines of Christianity, and also one of the most attacked. No resurrection = no Christ, no Christianity, no gospel, no hope. But Christ is risen from the dead, proving He is both Lord and Christ, with the power of the gospel unto salvation, and the power to give hope to His people. His resurrection assures the resurrection of His people, who are looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Lord is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
Now is Christ risen from the dead,
And become the first fruit of them that slept.
Hallelujah, hallelujah.
And did He rise? Did He rise?
Hear it, ye nations! hear it O ye dead!
He rose, He rose; He burst the bars of death,
And triumphed o'er the grave.
Then, then, then I rose.
Then first humanity triumphant
Passed the crystal ports of light,
And seized eternal youth.
Men all immortal hail;
Hail, heaven, all lavish of strange gifts to man,
Thine's all the glory, man's the boundless bliss.

("The Resurrection," from The Sacred Harp, 2006 Cooper Revision, p. 235)

Jesus fulfilled three nights and days,
Then He arose and left the grave.
"He is not here," the angel said,
"Why seek ye Him among the dead?"

R. L. Vaughn

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