14 April 2009

Jon's Jots on the Daily Lectionary for April 14, 2009

"O sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gained him victory."
Psalm 98:1

Our proper response to the amazing spectacle of Christ's resurrection is that we are speechless. Our jaws drop and our we can't make words come out of our mouths so great is the joyful shock to our system. When we do regain our ability to make sounds with our mouths nothing we are able to say seems worth saying because it falls so far short of the praise and wonder we wish to express.

We will have to learn to sing a new song. All the old songs won't work this time. This resurrection event calls for something totally new -- a new song. Our proper response to Easter is to "sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things." God's agenda turns out to be bigger than the agenda of the "prince of the power of air."

Christ's agenda was not merely to conquer this world but to redeem this world by conquering death. Jesus' goal was not be an earthly king so he told Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world." The victory Christ won upon the cross was life snatched from the jaws of death and then freely offered to all who will believe.

Let's sing a new song to the Lord today! This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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Easter Song sung by Keith Green

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