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