Love’s Redeeming Work is Done

Auferstehung Christis

In 1739, Charles Wesley penned these now famous words for use in the first worship service at the Wesleyan Chapel in London. The chapel, on the site of a former iron foundry, became known as the Foundry Meeting House. This hymn has grown to be one of the most popular Easter songs in the English language.

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, fought the fight, the battle won,
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Lo! He sets in blood no more.

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Christ hath burst the gates of hell.
Death in vain forbids His rise, Christ hath opened paradise.

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

Soar we now where Christ hath led, following our exalted Head.
Made like Him, like Him we rise, ours the cross, the grave, the skies.

Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, praise to Thee by both be given.
Thee we greet triumphant now, hail, the resurrection, thou.

King of glory, Soul of bliss, everlasting life is this.
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, thus to sing and thus to love.

Hymns of praise then let us sing, unto Christ, our heavenly King.
Who endured the cross and grave, sinners to redeem and save.

But the pains that He endured, our salvation have procured.
Now above the sky He’s King, where the angels ever sing.

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

*Image if of Rembrandt’s famous Resurrection of Christ.

One Response to “Love’s Redeeming Work is Done”

  1. Ian of England Says:

    see also http://www.cornerstoneasia.co.uk

    Sam – I really like the blog – there is alot of stuff and I’ve only had a quick glance really! I shall have to feed, i shall have to return, I shall have to learn more!

    These kind of blogs tel us things that are really helpful – I am supporting friends in Thailand and trying to understand the needs of Asia better, although I live in UK. May God guide us as we move forward not only into a different age of Web 2.0, blogs and Mission, but forward into his kingdom and purposes and seeking his heart. Thanks again.

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