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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Luke 24:1, Luke 24:12   Thought/Prayer:  Truth, Concise.  Topics:  2 at end.

The women who followed Jesus’ body to the tomb went home to prepare spices and perfumes for its wrappings. 
Luke 24:1
“The Resurrection
And on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled back from the tomb, and on entering they found that the body of the Lord Jesus was not there.”
Luke 24:12   “Peter, however, rose and ran to the tomb. Stooping and looking in, he saw nothing but the linen cloths: so he went away to his own home, wondering at what had happened.”  (WEY)  (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

Maybe the melody of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” is still with you after a hearty singing on Easter Sunday. 

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy pow’r to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

The song is just full of Christian belief (doctrine, if you will).  And what if we sort of take the lyrics apart and put some of them together to take a concise look?  What if we put together only the first lines of each verse?  (We will add in the third line of the second verse.)  It would look like this:

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!

Mr. John Wesley wrote enough truth into this song that it makes sense even with ¼ of the lyrics!  So, what has this to do with anything?  Nothing big, really.  Except that, sometimes more words are meaningful, but sometimes boiling them down to fewer can still retain meaning without being “wordy.”  The song is beautiful as it was written of course!  But if we were to explain its meaning in a more concise way to someone, we could bring it down to fewer words taking less time.

It’s just something I noticed.  Perhaps time restraints bring us to more simplicity.  No, not every thought in the song is in the first lines.  But in sharing meaning, the first lines hold so much, and they can be expanded on easily in explanation.

Lord, thank You for all the words of this hymn – and all hymns – and help us to know when we might use some of the lyrics to touch someone’s heart, someone going through trauma, perhaps in LIFE decisions of living or dying . . . so that they may understand You and Your purposes for their lives.

Topics:  Thank the Lord for hymns of truthful doctrine, and ask for guidance if the words may be used to help someone understand God and His love for LIFE.
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