Easter around the Blogosphere 2015

April 5, 2015

I ended up with a bit of unexpected free time between Easter gatherings today, so I took a few moments to glance at some favorite blogs and websites and their Easter offerings.  Here are a few links & excerpts.  (In most cases I’ve just posted a snippet of various entries, so click on the link to view the full post.)

Scotty Smith’s Easter Sunday prayer:

Because of your resurrection, we’re less to be pitied than anybody, and more to be grateful than everybody (1 Cor. 15:14-19). You are the firstfruits and guarantee of a whole new order—the “new creation” dominion of redemption and restoration. Everything sad will come untrue, and all things broken will be made new. How we long for that Day!

     Because of your resurrection, you are already reigning as King of kings and Lord of lords. All evil dominions, wicked authorities, and malevolent powers now stand defeated, and one Day they will be fully eradicated. Hallelujah, many times over!

     Jesus, your death is the death of death, and your resurrection is the resurrection of all things. You died for our sins and have been raised for our justification. Oh, the wonder, marvel and gratitude that fills our hearts today. We are forgiven, we are beloved, and we are yours!

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Trevin Wax:  My Jesus – Alive!

(I was deeply moved by Trevin’s “My Jesus – Dead!” entry, which I posted here in full on Good Friday.  This is the follow up.  It’s FANTASTIC.  Here’s an excerpt, but go read the whole thing!)

He is alive! This man from Nazareth, the Messiah of Israel, the Lord of the world.

With the breath of creation, He speaks of peace, faith, and mission.

With lungs full of air, He breathes on His disciples and grants His Spirit. My Jesus – alive!

The eyes that saw the darkness of death now drink in the sunlight of Easter. My Jesus – alive!

The arms that hung from a cross of wood now embrace a a world of grief. My Jesus – alive!

The hands that bear the scars of love now lift the head of doubters. My Jesus – alive!

The ears that were deafened by death are now filled with the joy of God’s people. My Jesus – alive!

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Emily Polis Gibson at Barnstorming:  In the Midst of Joy – Everything Sad Becoming Untrue

And so we awake, rush to tend the dead and find death emptied out.  He is standing, walking, eating, calling us by name.  What He came to us to accomplish is done: nothing is the same and everything is changed.  We need no longer hide in darkness, fear death,  dwell in loneliness,  starve and thirst, despair in impossible situations because only He can do the impossible.

Because everything sad has become untrue by His bravery, His endurance, His sacrifice for our salvation.

All is fresh and made new.
Christ, yes God become man, Christ is risen indeed!

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Biola’s Lent Project Site:  – includes an amazing live rendition of Matt Maher’s Christ is Risen

The music selection for today is Christ is Risen by Matt Maher and Mia Fieldes from Maher’s Alive Again album (2011). This song is not only a musical celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, it is also an invitation for us to let the resurrected Christ change our lives. The chorus in particular, after noting that Christ has trampled over death, continues with the summons for us to “come awake,” to be changed by the risen Christ, to “come and rise up from the grave” with Him. So also the musical bridge invites us to remember the life-changing power of the resurrection: “O church, come stand in the light. Our God is not dead; He’s alive! He’s alive!” And this changes everything.

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Malcolm GuiteA Sonnet for Easter Dawn

XV Easter Dawn

He blesses every love which weeps and grieves

And now he blesses hers who stood and wept

And would not be consoled, or leave her love’s

Last touching place, but watched as low light crept

Up from the east. A sound behind her stirs

A scatter of bright birdsong through the air.

She turns, but cannot focus through her tears,

Or recognise the Gardener standing there.

She hardly hears his gentle question ‘Why,

Why are you weeping?’, or sees the play of light

That brightens as she chokes out her reply

‘They took my love away, my day is night’

And then she hears her name, she hears Love say

The Word that turns her night, and ours, to Day.

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Kendall Harmon, of course, has a great wealth of entries (poems, music, meditations) for Easter at TitusOneNine.  Here’s his Easter Category link.

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Pat Dague at Incline Your Heart (and Transfigurations):  Morning Breaks Upon the Tomb, a poem by William Collyer

Positive Infinity blog has a nice version of Hail Thee Festival Day

Anglicans Ablaze: A Medley of Easter Hymns and Carols [Videos]

Patrick Comerford:  ‘Rise, Heart, Thy Lord is Risen’

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ok, that’s it for now…  I might be able to add some more entries in a few hours.   A blessed Easter to all.

Christ is Risen, Hallelujah!


For He has clothed me

April 5, 2015

Genesis 37:3 (ESV)
Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors

Exodus 28:15-20 (ESV)
“You shall make a breastpiece of judgment, in skilled work. In the style of the ephod you shall make it—of gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen shall you make it. It shall be square and doubled, a span its length and a span its breadth. You shall set in it four rows of stones. A row of sardius, topaz, and carbuncle shall be the first row; and the second row an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond; and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; and the fourth row a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. They shall be set in gold filigree.

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! (Psalm 123:1)
my soul shall be joyful in my God;
My heart exults in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. (1 Samuel 2:1)
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. (Revelation 22:14)
as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)

Our Father in heaven,

By the death, resurrection, and ascension of Your Son Jesus Christ, seated at Your right hand in heaven, we have been brought into Your covenant and have become a crown of beauty, a royal diadem in the hand of the Lord.  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

Isaiah 62:3

Rejoice, ye Christians! Rejoice!


Easter Music – Classic Hymns: The Strife is O’er – Truro Cathedral Choir

April 5, 2015

(I can’t resist reposting this even though I’ve posted it in other years.  I need these words this Easter Morn!  Look for new Easter devotional entries beginning Monday.)

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For this morning’s Easter musical selection, I’m choosing one of my favorite classic hymns:

The Strife is O’er performed by the Truro Cathedral Choir.

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This version appears on the 2009 album Easter Joy, with 51 hymns and songs by assorted artists.

Here is a pretty close version of the lyrics (there are a few minor differences)

The strife is o’er, the battle done;
Now is the Victor’s triumph won;
Now be the song of praise begun.
Alleluia!

2. Death’s mightiest powers have done their worst,
And Jesus hath His foes dispersed;
Let shouts of praise and joy outburst.
Alleluia!

3. On the third morn He rose again
Glorious in majesty to reign;
Oh, let us swell the joyful strain!
Alleluia!

4. He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heaven’s high portals fell.
Let songs of praise His triumph tell.
Alleluia!

5. Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee.
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free
That we may live and sing to Thee.
Alleluia!

Note, as is often the case, the American version of the hymn is somewhat different.


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