Sunday, April 24, 2011

Favorite Hymns Part 1: Christ the Lord is Risen Today

This is part one of a series with n parts, to be completed by ##/##/####, at regularly scheduled intervals of 3x-y^4 days, where everything's made up and the points don't matter.

One of my perennial favorites is "Christ the Lord is Risen Today," written by Charles Wesley.  I grew up Methodist, so I heard this one at least every Easter.  Still, it speaks such truth that, reading the words, I can't help but reflect on everything Jesus endured and overcame for our sakes.  It's not just that Jesus died for my sins, but that He rose again, conquering death, and taking authority over every sin I could encounter, and, since He lives in me, I have access to that authority through Him.

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

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