Today is Holy Wednesday, the Wednesday before Resurrection Sunday. On this day, Jesus was in and around Jerusalem teaching, but undoubtedly He had Friday and Sunday in the back of His mind. On Friday, He would be killed by man as they nailed Him to a crucifix and momentarily forsaken by God as the sins of the world were imputed to Him. The cross by no means took Him by surprise, but neither did Sunday. He went to the cross in the full knowledge that He would rise from the dead three days later!
The resurrection of Jesus is one of the greatest Bible truths and means so many things, but in terms of relation to us, one of the things it means is that all who will repent and believe on Jesus will themselves be resurrected unto life someday. It’s with that great hope this Easter week that I offer today’s Wednesday Is for Worship song, “I Will Rise.”
Written in 2008 by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Louie Giglio, and Matt Maher and published through Thankyou Music, “I Will Rise” was released on Tomlin’s eighth studio album Hello Love. The album went to #1 on the Christian chart, and the song went to #2.
The song draws on the soul-anchoring truth that Jesus has overcome the grave. Though our sins are many and totally deserving of death, Christ lived the life that we cannot live and died the death we deserve, and all who believe on His work will one day walk out of the grave too. We will rise! His resurrection is the first fruits deposit of our future resurrection.
So, as you prepare your heart to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, may you be look forward to and long for your resurrection!
There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say “It is well”
Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
I will rise
There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes
And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
“Worthy is the Lamb“