As you may have gathered, I have been recently reflecting upon the words of some classic Easter Hymns. In 1739, the brilliant and prolific hymn writer, Charles Wesley published ‘Christ the Lord is risen today’, which was itself a reworking of a 14th Century Latin chant. So in an age when we are blessed with so many new songs, how can something so old still stir our hearts today? Because although musical styles and the use of language changes from generation to generation, truth remains timeless!
Hundreds of years ago, Wesley was able to write that ‘Christ the Lord is risen today’, simply because he was. In the same way, we and countless others are able to proclaim the same words, because he is! Indeed, as we look forward from now to eternity, we can take comfort from knowing that there will never be a time when he isn’t!
Because of this incredible truth, in the fourth verse Wesley writes; Soar we now where Christ hath led, Following our exalted Head, Made like Him, like Him we rise, Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!
What an incredible hope that is. That the truth that stirs our heart this morning, is the same truth that secures our salvation and will thrill our hearts and minds for the whole of eternity.