Two unknown disciples hurried to Jerusalem late on Resurrection Day to share with the other believers the truth about Jesus’ death. They learned this truth in the Scriptures as taught by Jesus along the road to Emmaus. As they explained these things, Jesus suddenly appeared among them. The account that follows (Luke 24:36-43) describes the mixed response of the disciples: joy mingled with fear and disbelief. They could hardly believe their eyes. Jesus called them to look and touch to confirm the truth. Then he ate a meal in their presence. Jesus made it absolutely clear to them: He is risen, indeed!
The songs selected for this service include two Christmas hymns, both of which refer to the resurrection of Jesus. The remaining hymns focus specifically on Jesus’ victory over the grave.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship: Psalm 97:10-12
Hymn 87 O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Note: This Christmas hymn recalls Israel’s expectation of Messiah, her Savior. The second verse declares that he came first to provide freedom from the consequences of sin, thus giving victory over the grave.
Worship through Giving
Hymn 120 Who Is He in Yonder Stall?
Note: This hymn moves from the manger to the grave, recounting the life and work of Jesus at his first coming. From the grave, he “comes to succor (that is, “give relief”), help and save.”
Scripture Reading 1 John 1:1-10
Note: The physical resurrection of Jesus is essential to the Christian message. John never got over what he saw the evening of Resurrection Day. That is why, speaking of Jesus, the “word of life,” he describes him as the One, “which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands.”
Hymn 163 Look, Ye Saints
Note: Christ is now risen, the exalted Lord of all. Thomas Kelly’s hymn turns our gaze from Christ as “Man of sorrows” to Christ, risen and “victorious!” On earth “sinners in derision crowned him,” but now he “takes the highest station.”
Message: The Risen Christ—In the Flesh!
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 158 Jesus Lives and So Shall I
Note: Just as Jesus’ cross was the essential prelude to his crown, Jesus’ resurrection is the essential prelude to ours. All who trust him will share in the resurrection that he secured (1 Corinthians 15:22-24). Therefore, we sing with confident assurance, “Jesus lives and so shall I.”
Prayer Response: Dave Dossette
Benediction: John Miles