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Christ Jesus Lay In Death’s Strong Bands – Sunday Songs

Martin Luther’s classic Easter hymn, Christ Jesus Lay In Death’s Strong Bands.

The lyrics (more or less):
1
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands,
for our offenses given;
but now at God’s right hand He stands
and brings us light from heaven.
Therefore let us joyful be
and sing to God right thankfully
loud songs of hallelujah.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
2
It was a strange and dreadful strife
when life and death contended;
the victory remained with life,
the reign of death was ended.
Holy Scripture plainly saith
that death is swallowed up by death;
his sting is lost forever.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
3
Here the true Paschal Lamb we see,
whom God so freely gave us;
He died on the accursed tree –
so strong His love to save us.
See, His blood doth mark our door;
faith points to it, death passes o’er,
and Satan cannot harm us.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
4
So let us keep the festival
whereto the Lord invites us;
Christ is Himself the Joy of all,
the Sun that warms and lights us.
By His grace He doth impart
eternal sunshine to the heart;
the night of sin is ended.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
5.
5. Then let us feast this Easter Day
On Christ, the Bread of heaven;
The Word of Grace hath purged away
The old and evil leaven.
Christ alone our souls will feed,
He is our meat and drink indeed;
Faith lives upon no other.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!


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Christ Is Risen – Sunday Songs

Christ Is Risen, by Page CXVI.
The lyrics have been supplemented with a few contemporary flourishes, the tune is new.

1.
See the chains of death are broken;
Of earth below and Heav’n above
Joy in each amazing token
Of His rising, Lord of love;
Chorus
Christ is risen!
He has burst His bonds in twain;
Christ is risen!
Alleluia! swell the strain!
2.
He forevermore shall reign
By his holy Father’s side,
Till He comes to the earth
He Comes to claim His Bride.
Chorus
Bridge
Gloria, Gloria He shall reign
Gloria, Gloria the starry train
Gloria, Gloria find a voice
Gloria, Gloria the earth rejoice


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Barabbas by Jason Eady

A reflection on the biblical character Barabbas by Jason Eady, someone I hadn’t heard of before.
It has some interesting phrasings and perspectives.

“Well the guilt hangs twice as heavy when it’s followed by a surprise
I’d surrendered, I was ready to give up and do my time
I did not know his name, did not know why he was there
But on this side of forgiveness we both have our cross to bear”


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Theological Statement

I’m glad Easter is not just one day a year for Christians.


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The Brave Love Of The Man Who Loaned A Tomb To Jesus (via Paul Tripp)

Paul Tripp writes a thoughtful meditation on the brave love of Joseph of Arimathea, the man who publicly identified himself as a disciple of Jesus when all seemed lost, and who provided a tomb for a much shorter period of time than he would have thought.
From the article:

While the other disciples were hiding in confusion and fear, Joseph of Arimathea acted with remarkable courage and love. If you noticed from the passage, this man had everything to lose with this move. He was a member of the inner council of the Sanhedrin, and it was his peers who had just put pressure on Pilate to try Jesus for treason and hang him on a cross.
Asking for the body of this crucified man was a public declaration of his love for Jesus. Joseph of Arimathea would no longer be a secret disciple (John 19:38). When he could have remained under the radar, Joseph inserted himself into the middle of a religious and political drama, the very drama that sent the rest of the disciples into hiding. In one move, Joseph risked everything: his wealth, his reputation, his power, and even his life.
But Joseph of Arimathea loved his Lord too much to let his body rot on the cross or be ignominiously thrown with other criminals into some shallow public grave. With a heart of worship, he gave to the Messiah a tomb, and with a heart of love, he buried his Lord with honor.

Read the whole post here.


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The Resurrection: You Don’t Get It; It Gets You (via Will Willimon)

Will Willimon on why human understanding never expects resurrection:

Mary’s perfectly logical, understandably natural need to pursue the body of her beloved Jesus has not yet room for the miracle that has happened. The voice of Jesus has called to her, across an abyss of death, thrown a line to her across the cavernous expanse between her little logic of red wheelbarrows and all that and the power of God to work wonder. Like the voice that shatters glass, the voice of Jesus has shattered Mary’s world, called her forward to new possibility, new future.
Mary is now able to obey, to tell the others, “I have seen the Lord” (vs. 18). She has moved beyond her preoccupation with the corpse to an encounter with Christ. Her cause-effect logic is replaced by the larger logic called faith. She has been encountered, not by the dead corpse she thought she was seeing, but by a living Lord who is on the move and will not be held by us on our little logic.
Now there are at least two ways to think about things: cognition has two paths to the point of recognition. The first is, say, when you’re working on a tough math problem and after much effort you say, “I got it!”
The other way is, say, when you go to a great movie, and it changes you, lays hold of you to the very depths and you emerge changed. In that case, you don’t say, “I got it!” No. It gets you.

Read the whole post here.


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Call Me Barabbas by Nathan Tasker 2017

Nathan Tasker tells a little story behind his song ‘Call Me Barabbas’, sings a rendition (and another song).
This is one of my favourite Good Friday songs.