Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Christ the Lord is ris'n today; Alleluia!
Christians, hasten on your way; Alleluia!
offer praise with love replete, Alleluia!
at the paschal victim's feet. Alleluia!

For the sheep the Lamb has bled, Alleluia!
sinless in the sinner's stead. Alleluia!
Christ the Lord is ris'n on high; Alleluia!
now he lives, no more to die. Alleluia!

Christ, the victim undefiled, Alleluia!
God and sinners reconciled, Alleluia!
when contending death and life, Alleluia!
met in strange and awesome strife. Alleluia!

Christians, on this holy day, Alleluia!
all your grateful homage pay; Alleluia!
Christ the Lord is ris'n on high; Alleluia!
now he lives, no more to die. Alleluia!

The Easter sunrise service is one of my favorites. In the church I served in Cleveland, TX, we started outside when it was still dark using candles at a stone altar I had built behind the church building, much earlier than most churches. In the darkness, a voice read the verses from Isaiah 53:3-6 about the suffering and dying servant of God. The glorious strains of the keyboard thundered out this great hymn of the Easter confession: "Christ the Lord is risen today. Alleluia!". Then as we served communion we went from pitch darkness to blazing light of the beautiful sun.

On that first Easter morning, the disciples also went from darkness to light in a second—the moment they heard that unbelievable good news, "He has been raised!" Those four little words changed everything. Since Friday their lives had crumbled into depression, but now hope blazed more brightly than ever. We imitate that move when we sing, "God and sinners reconciled, when contending death and life."

Lord Jesus, we thank you that the same good news which gave new life to the disciples also enlightens our lives! Amen.
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