Alleluia! Christ Is Risen!

“Alleluia!  Christ is risen!” 

Happy Easter!  This is a typical salutation we give one another at church each Resurrection (Easter) Sunday.  Today, we celebrate that Jesus Christ is alive.  Just as He promised, He arose triumphantly from the dead.  In the process, He left an empty tomb and bestowed a fulfilled life to anyone who believes in Him alone for salvation.  If this doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what else will!

A song by Dustin Kensrue‘s worship band, The Modern Post, comes to mind – the title track to their EP Grace Alone.  One of the stanzas is as follows:

By Your blood, I have redemption and salvation.
Lord, You died that I might reap what You have sown.
And You rose that I might be a new creation;
I am born again by grace and grace alone!

There is a wealth of Scriptural treasure in just this stanza alone!  I wish to put our focus on the third line which says, “And You rose that I might be a new creation”.  This brings to mind two well-known biblical passages: Matthew 28:1-7 and II Corinthians 5:17.

  1. Matthew 28:1-7 is the account of the first Easter Sunday, wherein the angel of the Lord rolled the tombstone away and later declared that Jesus rose up from the grave – just like He said He would!  This momentous event was a fulfillment of prophecy and changed world history forever!
  2. II Corinthians 5:17 is the simple declaration that, because of Jesus’ resurrection, anyone who believes in Him is saved and is now “in Christ” – forever!  And being in Christ means God has made you a “new creation”.  Once a sinner, now a saint; once a mocker, now a worshiper; once dead to sin, now alive in Christ Jesus our Lord!

What a blessing this song has been for me personally!  When I need to be reminded of the fundamental truths of the Christian faith, I turn to this song much of the time.  Let’s challenge ourselves and fellow believers to daily celebrate Christ’s resurrection – the day death died, and the event that gave us salvation and our lives true meaning!

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If you loved The Modern Post’s full-band version of “Grace Alone”, you will surely love Dustin’s solo unplugged version below (courtesy of Mars Hill Church)

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