A Hymn for the First Sunday after Easter

Christ is Risen

It’s unfortunate that many of us are out of the practice of celebrating Easter for the full 7 Sundays of the season. Easter is a celebration bigger than any other in the Church Calendar–longer than Advent or Lent, and a cause for more joy even than Christmas.

To help us recover the joy of the Easter season in some small way, I will be posting an Easter hymn every week for reflection. This week, I chose Christ the Lord is Risen Today, by Charles Wesley.

The entire hymn is well worth your time and reflection, but my favorite part of this hymn is the last verse:

Soar we now, where Christ has led, Alleluia!

Following our Exalted Head, Alleluia!

Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia! 

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is truly risen–this is the most fundamental fact about reality through which every other truth claim must be understood and evaluated. Through death He trampled death, and rescued us from slavery. And because He united to our nature and rose again, we are united to His nature and will one day rise again.

Hallelujah and Happy Easter!

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