Posted tagged ‘Resurrection’

Follow Jesus [Video]

April 23, 2011

One more from Igniter Media . . .

Doubting Easter

April 21, 2011

Christ Is Risen

April 17, 2011

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
The glory of God has defeated the night

Sing it, o death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
Our God is not dead, He’s alive, He’s alive

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave

Resurrection

April 4, 2010

O God of my Exodus,

Great was the joy of Israel’s sons,
when Egypt died upon the shore,
Far greater the joy
when the Redeemer’s foe lay crushed
in the dust.

Jesus strides forth as the victor,
conqueror of death, hell, and all opposing might;
He bursts the bands of death,
tramples the powers of darkness down,
and lives forever.

He, my gracious surety,
apprehended for payment of my debt,
comes forth from the prison house of the grave
free, and triumphant over sin, Satan, and death.

Show me herein the proof that his vicarious offering is accepted,
that the claims of justice are satisfied,
that the devil’s sceptre is shivered,
that his wrongful throne is levelled.

Give me the assurance that in Christ I died,
in him I rose,
in his life I live,
in his victory i triumph,
in his ascension I shall be glorified.

Adorable Redeemer,
Thou who was lifted up upon a cross
art ascended to the highest heaven.
Thou, who as Man of sorrows
wast crowned with thorns,
art now as Lord of life wreathed with glory.

Once, no shame more deep than thine,
no agony more bitter,
no death more cruel.
Now, no exaltation more high,
no life more glorious,
no advocate more effective.

Thou art in the triumph car leading captive
thine enemies behind thee.

What more could be done than Thou hast done!
Thy death is my life,
Thy resurrection my peace,
Thy ascension my hope,
Thy prayers my comfort.

– “Resurrection” from The Valley of Vision

Two Ways to Hope

April 3, 2010

The Apostle Paul makes a staggering conclusion about his life when he said, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:19).

I don’t think we can begin to discover all that means.  At the very least, for Paul, the resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything.  Unlike all other realities that are singed with death and come with expiration dates, Paul came to experience a “living hope”.  Peter puts it this way:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3).

The purpose for which we have been born again is that we might have a living hope.  This hope is accessed “through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” and given to us by him who “caused us to be born again.”  Inasmuch Christ is alive from the dead, so are we to know the lively nature of our confidence and settled assurance in the God who saves us.  When we experience the power of his resurrection (Phil. 3:10-11), we are having our hearts thrilled in all that Christ is for us beyond the grave.  Because Jesus is more than what this life can offer and better than what death can take later, we should treasure Him as the source of true, abiding, and everlasting hope.

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The Resurrection Story: God’s Wonderful Surprise

March 22, 2010

Last November, I posted the video of the birth of Jesus Christ from The Jesus Storybook Bible–a resource that God has used in the lives of my two boys in incredible ways.  Below is the video of the resurrection story entitled “God’s Wonderful Surprise” taken from JSSB.  If you would like to incorporate family devotions or family worship with your young children and are looking for a good resource, I encourage you to check it out.  Either way, take a moment and watch this video with your children during this Easter season and explain to them what the resurrection means for the Christian . . . absolutely everything.

O Christ, What Burdens Bowed Thy Head!

April 11, 2009

O Christ, what burdens bowed Thy head!
Our load was laid on Thee;
Thou stoodest in the sinner’s stead,
Didst bear all ill for me.
A Victim led, Thy blood was shed;
Now there’s no load for me.

Death and the curse were in our cup:
O Christ, ’twas full for Thee;
But Thou hast drained the last dark drop,
’Tis empty now for me.
That bitter cup, love drank it up;
Now blessing’s draught for me.

Jehovah lifted up His rod;
O Christ, it fell on Thee!
Thou wast sore stricken of Thy God;
There’s not one stroke for me.
Thy tears, Thy blood, beneath it flowed;
Thy bruising healeth me.

The tempest’s awful voice was heard,
O Christ, it broke on Thee!
Thy open bosom was my ward,
It braved the storm for me.
Thy form was scarred, Thy visage marred;
Now cloudless peace for me.

For me, Lord Jesus, Thou hast died,
And I have died in Thee!
Thou’rt ris’n—my hands are all untied,
And now Thou liv’st in me.
When purified, made white and tried,
Thy glory then for me!

Because Christ Is Risen, Abound in the Work of the Lord

March 23, 2008

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58

I have always wanted to do a series on “the Bible’s great ‘therefore’s'”. One of the greatest, if not the greatest “therefore” in the Bible is found at the conclusion of 1 Corinthians 15 where Paul explains that everything in the Christian life hangs on the resurrection of Jesus Christ–everything including our work.

Have you ever considered what Easter Sunday means for you on the following Monday? It should mean everything. No labor is in vain. Because of the resurrection, we should be abounding in the work of the Lord as those who are steadfast and immovable, knowing that the resurrection means the vindication of all things done “in the Lord.” Is this not what Paul means when he says, “knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord”? Indeed, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

I am convinced that if we believed in the resurrection on Monday as much as we do on Sunday, our work would drastically change because the perspective of the workman has a new trajectory. I know that there would be some to think that the application of Paul’s conclusion is for “ministry” or “spiritual work” or the work of “vocational ministers.” But if that was the case, then this passage would have very little relevance for the majority of Christians who have ever lived. Clearly, Paul is speaking to all of us, to live our lives under the purview, and through the power of, Christ’s resurrection. We are citizens of a kingdom whose King is coming back, who comes with an accounting for all we do in this life.

Easter has great significance for our lives–greater than sometimes we think, for Easter is not for Christians to remember on one Sunday a year, but for every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of every year. Easter means that we should know with certainty, grounded with conviction, that the sweat of our brow and the callousness of our hands do not reflect mere futility because of the Fall; rather, they speak of a recompense that comes from Him who has worked for us redemption and righteousness before God our Father. Knowing that we are His workmanship, created for good works which God prepared beforehand, then how much more should we walk (abound) in them? I fear that so much of our Christian “walk” has been spiritual steps without earthen shoes. When we think about the command to “go and make disciples,” we should not be amiss to be mindful that the front door to our world is most consistently found in our workplace. No doubt, the work of making and mending tents is not as glamorous as a captive audience on Mars Hill, but neither do I believe that Paul considered that you could have one without the other. We live between two worlds, and God has given us a message that is the power of God unto salvation, God who transfers those from the domain of darkness to the kingdom of His beloved Son. What will adorn such a message and validate its truth but those workmen who believe that Easter means absolutely everything to Monday morning?

Therefore, because Christ is risen, abound in the work of the Lord.