This Easter seems so different. Some people think this day is about bunnies and eggs, a sign of spring, of life.
But it is more than that. It is about the Person Who is Life and gives it. It is about a loving God seeing a dire need, so while remaining God, He became a Jewish Teacher for His earthly walk, only to give up His earthly life to give us the opportunity to obtain eternal life through His Redemptive work at Calvary. But when we think that is all that’s needed, He rises from the grave on the third day, walks the earth for proof of this for forty days and promises us the Comforter and to return for us when He ascends into heaven. How can any earthly comparison top that?
With God there is no social distancing. Sure, He is presently in heaven, but He dwells within the hearts of His believers, His children. This pandemic did not take Him by surprise. He is is control. He knows of ours loses, financial challenges and ruin, feelings of isolation. He is grieved at our suffering because He cares. And He wants us to trust He knows best. When we sit alone we wonder about His wisdom. And He understands that, too.
There was a time I couldn’t sing for several months – only from my heart. It was the darkest time of my life. No matter what the circumstance, God knows music speaks to the heart heavy with sorrow. Like Christmas, Easter has such beautiful music to carry the heart through the celebration of God’s completed task needed for our redemption. So sing those old hymns like “Hallelujah! What A Savior (Man of Sorrows)” or “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” but remember to reflect on “He Arose” and “I Know that My Redeemer Liveth.”
For those pianists, I have added a couple more of my arrangements for your personal use to enjoy during this remarkable celebration. You can find them under the music tab above. Just look at the Sacred page under the MUSIC Tab. Songs are listed alphabetically. I’ve added “Easter Song” and “Wonderful Words of Life.”