Sunday, March 23, 2008

Joy To The World!

Joy to the world our Lord is come, let earth receive her king! I know, that is "Christmas music," but it was never truer than on that Resurrection Day! Our Lord conquered death and hell and walked out of the tomb! Most of us are Christians and have heard this our whole lives, but stop and contemplate this: HE WALKED OUT OF THE TOMB!!!! He has demonstrated the Power of God and the everlasting life that we inherit through him. Hallelujah ("praise Yahweh")! Praise him above the earth, praise him above our concerns, praise him above the angels and all rulers, praise him above our sinful hearts. Our Lord has conquered our sin. He is risen! He is risen indeed! Now we only wait for his return and rule.

I will leave you with the lyrics to 'Christ the Lord is Risen Today' by Charles Wesley

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 o'er, 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 has 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!

Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia! Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia! Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia! Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia! Everlasting life is this, Alleluia! Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia! Thus to sing and thus to love, 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!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia! Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia! Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Hallelujah indeed!

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