Sunday, April 4, 2010

A Bright And Joyful Easter!

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After a sleepless night of tears and sadness over the loss of their beloved Master and teacher, a small group of ladies led by Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James, made their way to Jesus' tomb while it was still dark. They brought with them herbs and spices to anoint his dead body with and worried how they might access him with the large stone sealing the grave. But the Lord knew they were coming and He had already taken care of everything. When they reached the tomb a sight met their eyes. Two Roman soldiers lay on the ground dazed, the bolder that had covered the tomb was rolled aside. Inside the tomb nothing but neatly folded grave clothes, and over all God had sent angels to proclaim to this frightened and amazed group of woman that their Savior was Risen Indeed!

"And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.Come, see the place where the Lord lay. - Matthew 28:5-6

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"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and
the third day rise again." - Luke 24:1-7

"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures..." - I Corinthians 15:3-4


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Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior,
Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior;
Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!

Death cannot keep its Prey, Jesus my Savior;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

Refrain
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!


-Words & Music by Robert Lowry, 1874


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The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the proof that he had power over death and hell. Saving power exhibited to all of us who believe. We praise the Lord for His love for us! He is Risen!

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!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!


- Words by: Charles Wesley, 1739


A blessed Resurrection Day to all of you! I pray you have an opportunity to sing His praises with other of like precious faith!

God Bless,
Miss Laurie :)

4 comments:

Sarah said...

Beautiful Post. Hallelujah! Our Lord and Savior Jesus truly lives and reigns! Hope you have a blessed Easter with your family! Love, Sarah

Lindsay said...

Happy Easter to you and your family, Laurie!

Miss Jen said...

What a LOVELY, Easter post! :)
You posted 2 of my favorite
Easter hymns! Christ the Lord
is indeed RISEN!!! Praise God.

Happy Easter, dear friend.

Love Always~ Miss Jen

Haley said...

Happy Easter!! :)

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