6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the reason we are Christians, is this Sunday. This is what it’s all about! All year long we teach, learn, sing, and pray to and about a loving, caring, merciful, graceful, omnipotent Savior – but it all revolves around this day. If Jesus had not come to this world, died the worst death for all of our sins, and ultimately rose from the dead, we would not be who we are today. The importance of Easter can not be overstated.
JESUS DIED FOR YOUR SINS AND ROSE TO LIFE AGAIN! HALLELUJAH!
We will begin together with a triumphant call –
He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
Imagine you being at the tomb when Jesus rose from the dead. Other than falling on your face in awe and wonder, you might be shouting these words.
After we begin we the declaration of why we are joined together, we will begin to go through the story from the time of Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross. Many churches have a Good Friday service which focuses mostly on this part of the story, which leads us to Easter day which focuses on the actual resurrection. Here at Pleasant Ridge, we do not have a Friday service, but I wanted to spend some time on the whole story – from death to resurrection. Ten Thousand Angels is a great song to tell that story. The first verse goes like this:
They bound the hands of Jesus in the garden where He prayed. The led Him through the streets in shame. They spat upon the Savior so full and free from sin. They said, “Crucify Him, He’s to blame!”
But before we get to the second half of this song, we will continue to explore the death of Jesus and what that moment means for us as believers.
Behold the man upon the cross, my sin upon His shoulders. Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers. It was my sin that held him there until it was accomplished. His dying breath has brought me life. I know that it is finished.
I want to pay special attention to the last two sentences of this verse of How Deep the Father’s Love. “His dying breath has brought me life. I know that it is finished.” That is so powerful and speaks so clearly to the importance of the death of Jesus. His death has allowed each of us to have eternal life. There was no other way for this to happen. Only through the great love and grace of Jesus are we able to live. And as we finish singing Ten Thousand Angels, we are reminded that Jesus did have a choice of whether to die for us or save himself.
He could have called ten thousand angels to destroy the world and set Him free. He could have called ten thousand angels, but He died alone for you and me.
We will then turn our minds to the resurrection of Jesus. One of my personal favorite songs for this topic is Low in the Grave He Lay. I particularly love the third verse when we are proclaiming the good news of the all-powerful God:
Death can not keep his prey, Jesus my Savior. He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph over his foes. He arose the victor from the dark domain and He lives forever with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!
We will also sing the song we have been learning over the last few weeks, Christ is Risen, which has one of the most powerful verses in the Bible:
1 Corinthians 15:55
“Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?”
And the songs adds one more line to that:
O Church, come stand in the light. The glory of God has defeated the night!
We will end second service by telling the story again and remembering what it means to us. We will do that through the Townend and Getty song: In Christ Alone.
The third verse is the verse to focus on this week:
There in the ground His body lay – light of the world, by darkness slain.
Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory, sins curse has lost its grip on me.
For I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ.
The story of Jesus is such an exciting story and the most exciting part of it is the death, burial, and resurrection. There is a reason so many movies are made about this part of Jesus’ life.
I hope this blog has allowed your heart and mind to prepare for this Sunday’s worship service and on.
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