This is Wednesday, but it’s also the day that we have scheduled at our church to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Our church has two campuses, and one of the ways we try to promote unity is to worship together on Wednesday nights, and about every four months, the gathered campuses celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Tonight is that night for us. So, today’s song is a Lord’s Supper song, “Behold the Lamb (Communion Song).”
Although we just closed up the season of Eastertide with last Sunday being Pentecost Sunday, I want to do one more resurrection song. Of course, since every Sunday is a reminder of Jesus’ resurrection, these songs never go out of “season”!
Today’s worship song is a dandy! The arrangement, the accompaniment, the words themselves, and the content of the lyrics are joy-filled and joy-inducing. Perhaps you’ve never heard it. I’m talking about “Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed.”
Written in 2012 by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, and Ed Cash and published through Gettymusic, this song is found on the Gettys’ 2012 album Hymns for the Christian Life. Clearly born from hearts of ones raised on the Emerald Isle, this Irish hymn makes you want to dance a jig as you praise God!
The first verse glories with amazement in the substitutionary death of Christ. The second verse relates the joy of the disciples seeing the risen Savior. The third verse captures how the disciples’ doubts were erased when their eyes beheld the risen Jesus but also points out that it is more blessed for us who have never beheld Him with our own eyes to still believe. The fourth verse tells of the boldness of the disciples after the resurrection to proclaim the risen Savior even though it cost them their lives. And, the final verse reminds us that the power that raised Jesus from the tomb is still working in us today.
The chorus is a simple one but works well to encourage the saints to join in the joy of singing of the risen Savior while the outro tips its hat to Don Francisco and his famous “He’s Alive” ballad as it ends with Jesus in heaven glorified, inviting all who will enter to come through the open gates to join Him.
May you be blessed this Wednesday as you sing about and remember that Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!
How can it be, the One who died,
Has borne our sin through sacrifice
To conquer every sting of death?
Sing, sing hallelujah.
For joy awakes as dawning light
When Christ’s disciples lift their eyes.
Alive He stands, their Friend and King;
Christ, Christ He is risen.
Christ is risen, He is risen indeed!
Oh, sing hallelujah.
Join the chorus, sing with the redeemed;
Christ is risen, He is risen indeed.
Where doubt and darkness once had been,
They saw Him and their hearts believed.
But blessed are those who have not seen,
Yet, sing hallelujah.
Once bound by fear now bold in faith,
They preached the truth and power of grace.
And pouring out their lives they gained
Life, life everlasting.
The power that raised Him from the grave
Now works in us to powerfully save.
He frees our hearts to live His grace;
Go tell of His goodness.
He’s alive, He’s alive!
Heaven’s gates are opened wide.
He’s alive, He’s alive!
Now in heaven glorified.
It’s Wednesday, and it’s time to arise! Today’s Wednesday Is for Worship song will call you to do just that as we sing along with “O Church, Arise.”
Written and published through Thankyou Music in 2005 by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, who have shown themselves to be today’s premiere modern hymn-writers, this song is a battle hymn for the church. We who are followers of Jesus Christ must never forget that we are indeed in a battle. Although out warfare is not conventional but spiritual, it is nevertheless real and present. Thankfully, God has equipped us with every spiritual weapon to face our foe and has actually already won the victory through the cross of Christ.
As you sing along with Keith’s wife, Kristyn Getty, may you be encouraged to stand firm in the battle in the strength that God has given!
O Church Arise and put your armor on
Hear the call of Christ our Captain
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies
An army bold whose battle-cry is “Love!”
Reaching out to those in darkness
Our call to war to love the captive soul
But to rage against the captor
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valour
When faced with trials on every side
We know the outcome is secure
And Christ will have the prize for which He died
An inheritance of nations
Come see the cross where love and mercy meet
As the Son of God is stricken
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet
For the Conqueror has risen
And as the stone is rolled away
And Christ emerges from the grave
This victory march continues till the day
Every eye and heart shall see Him
So Spirit come put strength in every stride
Give grace for every hurdle
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful
As saints of old still line the way
Retelling triumphs of His grace
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When with Christ we stand in glory