Art for Easter: John and Peter Running to the Tomb / and Music: Graham Kendrick “I Know He Lives”

April 22, 2014

The following wondeful artwork was included in the April 21st devotional at the fantastic Biola Lent project site.

It’s John & Peter Running to the Tomb, by Eugene Burnand, from the Musee d’Orsay, Paris.

I’d never seen it before.  Look at the hope in their faces… they long to believe that Christ is no longer dead, but they don’t yet know…  Wow.  So powerful, the longing, the hope, the grief.

 

John & Peter running to the tomb

In reflecting on that picture, all I could think of is how THANKFUL I am that we who are in  Christ, have, in the words of the burial liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer “a sure and certain hope of resurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Hallelujah!

We no longer are in doubt, Christ IS risen!  He is seated at the Father’s right hand, His work finished.  He is interceding for us and one day will raise us to be with Him.

Here are just a few of the Scriptures that articulate our HOPE in Christ:

Heb 6:19-20
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf…

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,

1 Cor 15:20-24
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. … in Christ shall all be made alive. … Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.

1 Cor 15:54-57
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Here’s a wonderful song by UK songwriter and worship leader Graham Kendrick which rejoices in this hope we have in Christ:  I Know He Lives!

(Should the embedded audio file above not display or play properly, use this link, but please respect copyright and purchase the song if you intend to keep it.)

The version of the song I’ve uploaded was available as a free download from Graham Kendrick’s website a few years ago.  The song is available for purchase on Graham Kendrick’s album Banquet.

Here are the words:

We have a strong and certain hope
Fixed and unchanging not in vain
We have a friend in heaven’s court
Since Jesus rose to life again

We have an anchor for the soul
Since Jesus’ blood has made a way
Into the deepest heart of God
Before the Father’s throne of grace

I know he lives
Jesus is alive
And he reigns in glory now
I know he lives
And with him we’ll rise
Hallelujah
I know he lives

We have a King high over all
The new creation’s firstborn Son
New heav’n and earth await his call
We shall be like him when he comes

We see him now in majesty
Enthroned above the galaxies
Until his glory burst the skies
And all creation joins the cry

I know he lives
Jesus is alive
And he reigns in glory now
I know he lives
And with him we’ll rise
Hallelujah
I know he lives
Jesus is alive
And he reigns in glory now
I know he lives
And with him we’ll rise
Hallelujah
I know he lives
I know he lives
I know he lives

Graham Kendrick
Copyright © 2008 Make Way Music
http://www.grahamkendrick.co.uk


RISEN! The Strife is O’er, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

April 11, 2012

reposted from 2009, with an updated music link

resurrection3(art credit: Web Gallery of Art)

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LISTEN: The Strife is O’er

(Truro Cathedral Choir, from the Album Easter Joy, iTunes link)

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The strife is o’er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The powers of death have done their worst;
But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
Let shouts of holy joy outburst: Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The three sad days are quickly sped;
He rises glorious from the dead;
All glory to our risen Head! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
Let hymns of praise His triumphs tell! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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


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