• Reflections

    Resurrection

    2013-12-10 07.06.53O God of my exodus,

    Great was the joy of Israel’s son,

    when Egypt died upon the shore,

    Far greater the joy

    when the Redeemer’s foe lay crushed

    in the dust.

    Jesus strides forth as the victor,

    conqueror of death, hell, and all opposing

    might;

    He bursts the bands of death,

    tramples the powers of darkness down,

    and lives forever.

    He, my gracious surety,

    apprehended for payment of my debt,

    comes forth from the prison house of the grave

    free, and triumphant over sin, Satan, and death.

    Show me herein the proof that his vicarious offering

    is accepted,

    that the claims of justice are satisfied,

    that the devil’s scepter is shivered,

    that his wrongful throne is leveled.

    Give me the assurance that in Christ I died,

    in him I rose,

    in his life I live, in his victory I triumph,

    in his ascension I shall be glorified.

    Adorable Redeemer,

    thou who wast lifted up upon a cross

    art ascended to highest heaven.

    Thou, who as Man of sorrows

    wast crowned with thorns,

    art now Lord of life wreathed with glory.

    Once, no shame more deep than thine,

    no agony more bitter,

    no death more cruel.

    Now, no exaltation more high,

    no life more glorious,

    no advocate more effective.

    Thou art in triumph car leading captive

    thine enemies behind thee.

    What more could be done than thou hast done!

    Thy death is my life,

    thy resurrection my peace,

    thy ascension my hope,

    thy prayers my comfort.

    From The Valley of Vision, Arthur Bennett, The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975

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