Resurrection! Christ is Risen!

By Steve Manskar

All ye that seek the Lord who died,
Your God for sinners crucified,
Now, now let all your grief be o’er!
Believe, and ye shall weep no more.

The Lord of life is risen indeed,
To death delivered in your stead;
His rise proclaims your sins forgiven,
And shows the living way to heaven.

Haste then, ye souls that first believe,
Who dare the gospel word receive,
Your faith with joyful hearts confess,
Be bold, be Jesus’ witnesses.

Go tell the followers of your Lord
Their Jesus is to life restored;
He lives, that they his life may find;
He lives to quicken humankind.

Charles Wesley

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with awe the Paschal feast may be found worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. – Book of Common Prayer

John Wesley:

“And herein does it differ from that faith which the apostles themselves had while our Lord was on earth, that it acknowledges the necessity and merit of his death, and the power of his resurrection. It acknowledges his death as the only sufficient means of redeeming man from death eternal, and his resurrection as the restoration of us all to life and immortality; inasmuch as he 'was delivered for our sins, and rose again for our justification'. Christian faith is then not only an assent to the whole gospel of Christ, but also a full reliance on the blood of Christ, a trust in the merits of his life, death, and resurrection; a recumbency upon him as our atonement and our life, as given for us, and living in us. It is a sure confidence which a man hath in God, that through the merits of Christ his sins are forgiven, and he reconciled to the favour of God; and in consequence hereof a closing with him and cleaving to him as our 'wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption' or, in one word, our salvation.” (Sermon 1: Salvation by Faith)

“If Christ be risen, ye ought then to die unto the world, and to live wholly unto God.”
(Sermon 17: Circumcision of the Heart)

“Now, then, do all diligence to walk in every respect according to the light you have received. Now be zealous to receive more light daily, more of the knowledge and love of God, more of the Spirit of Christ, more of his life, and of the power of his resurrection. Now use all the knowledge and love and life and power you have already attained. So shall you continually go on from faith to faith. So shall you daily increase in holy love, till faith is swallowed up in sight, and the law of love established to all eternity.” (Sermon 36: The Law Established through Faith-Discourse II)

“From a consciousness of our ignorance we may learn … a lesson of resignation. We may be instructed to say at all times and in all instances, 'Father, not as I will; but as thou wilt.' This was the last lesson which our blessed Lord (as man) learnt while he was upon earth. He could go no higher than, 'Not as I will, but as thou wilt,' till he bowed his head and gave up the ghost. Let us also herein be made conformable to his death, that we may know the full 'power of his resurrection'.” (Sermon 69: The Imperfection of Human Knowledge)