The response of the Pharisees and teachers of the law:
One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.” Luke11:45–46
Jesus’ offer to everyone trapped in a performance-based religion:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew11:28–30
The Evangelical Triangle”: The center of Jesus’ ministry
Its nature is wonderful as well as its beauty... Its soil is so fruitful that all kinds of trees can grow upon it... it supplies people with grapes and figs continually during ten months of the year. Besides the good temperature of the air, it is also watered from a most fertile fountain. The people of that country call it Capharnaum... —Josephus,1stcentury historian
Easter is the biggest event on the Christian calendar. As you prepare your heart for Easter sunday, you can listen to or sing these songs in your own time of personal meditation. Let God revive your heart with the glory, grace, and life-changing power of the resurrection!
Most Christians have sung this song many times. It’s the perfect Easter song, because it celebrates the grace of God that rescued us. Grace! Easter is all about grace, and this song describes how such grace transforms our hearts.
This song has become a classic Easter worship song for many churches. The lyrics, adapted from an older hymn, recount the resurrection story. The song ends with the triumphant stanza, “One day the grave could conceal Him no longer!”
Easter is about victory, and few songs celebrate that victory as powerfully as “Christ Is Risen.” The refrain celebrates Christ’s defeat of death and hell, calling upon the church to stand with courage: ”Our God is not dead, He’s Alive! He’s Alive!”
There is a haunting simplicity in these Easter worship lyrics. The song is a series of questions — Were you there when they crucified my Lord, when they nailed him to the tree, when they laid him in a tomb, and when God raised from the tomb? The song makes us stop, think, and glory in the resurrection.
Some of the best Easter songs are also the oldest. Their endurance is a testament to the Christ-exalting lyrics and message. This song from Charles Wesley lives on, because its profound truth is so accessible and relevant today. “Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!”
“I know!” It’s a statement of confidence rooted in the reality of changed lives and inspired truth. This motivating song, sung by millions on Easter Sunday, is an earth-shaking declaration of God’s power and Christ’s triumph over death!
There’s nothing mournful about Easter. This is one of the happiest Easter songs you’ve ever heard! “I believe!” The song repeats the glorious benefits of our living Redeemer — he’s taken away my shame, conquered the grave, healed my pain, covered my sin!
“See, what a morning!” What would it have been like to be there, and to peer into the empty tomb? (Talk about goosebumps!) Christ’s prophecy was true, and he lived to affirm it. He lives today, and we shout it out it in this triumphant song of joy — “We are raised with him! Deth is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered!”
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (NIV) Philippians 3:10-12
Mar 31 Three Shadows of the Passion: My Private Nation
Whenever we begin to believe that what weve accomplished is due to the work of our hands, then we have the responsibility and pressure to maintain it at all costs. That pressure will drive us to make unhealthy, self-destructive, immoral decisions.