EASTER GREETINGS •——————————•HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY Halleluja! Christ the Lord is Risen!

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Today, we are commemorating that first day of the week in history which stunned the enemies of the cross. They thought they had eliminated Jesus Christ and like the brothers of Joseph in the Old Testament, they thought they had killed him and all his “dreams ”. But God proved them wrong. I like the way the hymn writer put it in the refrain to the Easter hymn

“Low in the grave He laid” Jesus my Savior
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes
He arose a Victor from the dark domain, And He lives forever with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

This hymn is a variation of an earlier hymn “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”, a 14th-century Latin hymn which had been translated into English and published in “Lyra Davidica” in 1708 (and later in 1749 in Arnold’s “Compleat Psalmodist”). Though “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” gained early popularity from within the Church of England. Over the time, the Anglicans’ moved it to “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”.

This hymn, „Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” has been considered by many Christian hymnologists such as William Studwell, as being the most definitive church anthem for Easter. Beyond Methodism and Anglicanism, “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” has been adopted by other Christian denominations; Baptists have adopted the hymn. Likewise, Presbyterians have been using the hymn since at least the 19th century where it was also included in hymnals used for missionary work in the colonies of the British Empire.

Each verse of “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” features a focus on the Resurrection of Jesus. Charles Wesley used descriptive language to describe four requirements for Christians to enjoy eternal life with God. The focus is for Christians to know God, to bear witness of God, to sing their faith and to love one another.

On this glorious day that the story of the empty tomb will be preached from every pulpit, may we join our hearts to sing and dance as we look forward to that day when Christ shall appear in the skies to make our own resurrection a reality.
Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
I wish you all a blessed resurrection day. May the power that brought Christ back to life from the dead touch you in every way necessary. May it resurrect and revive what is dead in you spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially, and in your relationships, your plans, dreams and visions In Jesus Name Amen and Amen!
Happy Easter and Keep the faith


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