He is risen from the dead!
He is risen indeed!
Psalm 98 NASB
O sing to the Lord a new song,
For He has done wonderful things,
His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.
The Lord has made known His salvation;
He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
With the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
Shout joyfully before the King, the Lord.
Let the sea roar and all it contains,
The world and those who dwell in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
Let the mountains sing together for joy
Before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth;
He will judge the world with righteousness And the peoples with equity.
Luke 24:1-12 (The Message)
At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared. They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they walked in. But once inside, they couldn’t find the body of the Master Jesus.
They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, two men, light cascading over them, stood there. The women were awestruck and bowed down in worship. The men said, “Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up?” Then they remembered Jesus’ words.
They left the tomb and broke the news of all this to the Eleven and the rest. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them kept telling these things to the apostles, but the apostles didn’t believe a word of it, thought they were making it all up.
But Peter jumped to his feet and ran to the tomb. He stooped to look in and saw a few grave clothes, that’s all. He walked away puzzled, shaking his head.
Behold the Risen Lord
Having beheld the resurrection of Christ, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, the only Sinless One. We venerate Your cross, O Christ, and we praise and glorify Your holy resurrection. You are our God. We know no other than You, and we call upon Your name. Come, all faithful, let us venerate Christ’s holy resurrection. For behold, through the cross joy has come to all the world, Blessing the Lord always, let us praise his resurrection. For enduring the cross for us, he destroyed death by death.
“Christ the Lord is risen today,”
Sons of men and angels say!
Raise your joys and triumphs high,
Sing ye heavens, and earth reply.
Love’s redeeming work is done
Fought the fight, the battle won:
Lo! Our Sun’s eclipse is o’er,
Lo! He sets in blood no more.
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal;
Christ has burst the gates of hell!
Death in vain forbids him rise:
Christ hath opened paradise!
Lives again our glorious King,
Where, O death, is now they sting?
Dying once, he all doth save,
Where thy victory, O grave?
Soar we now where Christ has led,
Following our exalted Head,
Made like him, like him we rise;
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies!
King of glory, soul of bliss,
Everlasting life is this;
Thee to know, they power to prove,
Thus to sing, and thus to love!
Charles Wesley, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”