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He Is Risen!
20 April 2014Posted by on
I love hymn “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing.” It was written by Charles and John Wesley is 1738 or 1739. The way the story goes, and I honestly do not know whether it is true or not, John and Charles were eating their dinner in a pub of a village where they were going to host a revival. While they were eating, a few drunks broke out into a song and Charles liked the melody. So he took the melody and wrote new words to the song.
“O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” became the most popular Methodist hymn in the world (key word “Methodist,” it is not the most popular Christian Hymn in the world.) This hymn is the first hymn in every Methodist hymnal published since 1780 and it is translated into every language where Methodist hymnals are published.
In the last few sermons, we looked at what the Passover is and we also saw how Jesus took the customs and traditions that went back 65-70 generations and gave them a new life. Jesus gave these traditions and customs the new meaning. For 2000 years (100 generations) Christians celebrated that new meaning and customs every time that we celebrate the Sacrament of the Holy Communion and Easter.
By the example of his life, suffering, death and resurrection Jesus broke the ties of the emotional luggage that constrict us. Jesus showed us that our past is what it is: It is in the past – nothing more and nothing less. Whether we like it or not, whether it is happy or sad, or a combination of the two, it is a done deal and the only constructive thing that we can do with it is to find the meaning and the strength to reinvent ourselves for the future. The way the saying goes, “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future!”
What Charles and John Wesley did with the melody of the drinking song, God does with all of us. Listen to the words in verses 4 and 5 of the hymn:
He breaks the power of canceled sin,
he sets the prisoner free;
his blood can make the foulest clean;
his blood availed for me.
He speaks, and listening to his voice,
new life the dead receive;
the mournful, broken hearts rejoice,
the humble poor believe.
Easter is about God understanding our past, believing in our future and accepting us just the way we are today, in the present.
Easter is about us celebrating the fact that God holds our future and that God works with us where we are; Jesus did not wait for us to become model citizens before dying on the Cross and redeeming each and every one of us.
At Easter we celebrate the fact that we may not know what lies ahead, but we know that when we keep our eyes on God, and when we are with God, all things are possible.
That is the message and the promise of Easter.
May you be renewed and inspired this Easter. He is Risen!
Don’t just sit there and feel righteous as you enjoy your Easter dinner and munch on chocolate bunnies.
Spread the word!