What follows is a hymn sing program adapted for the residents at my husband’s care facility. The songs are from various sources, not just The Choir at Temple Square (formerly called MoTab, colloquially). The title of this blog, Joy to the World, comes from the song sung at Christmas; it is not a Christmas carol at all, which I learned several years ago. But you can read the lyrics again yourself.
Happy Easter. Have joy!
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Before that great day when Mary found the open tomb, much had to happen. From His miraculous birth to His resurrection, Jesus had to prepare His followers for many things. They knew a Messiah would come, an anointed one who would save His people.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
He Sent His Son
The text for the famous and popular hymn “How Great Thou Art” was written first in Swedish in 1885. The third verse, however, was added in 1949 by a British missionary: “When I think that God, His Son not sparing,/ Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;”
How Great Thou Art
After His baptism, the Savior departed into the wilderness. His journey was beginning, and there were temptations to be faced first. We, too, are often in the wilderness, either one of our making or through the fault of others. This new song by Melanie and Roger Hoffman reminds us that we are not alone.
Matthew 4: 1 The Jesus was led up of the Spirit, into the wilderness, to be with God.
As His ministry was drawing to its end, the Savior entered Jerusalem. He had done so many things—from changing water into wine to raising Lazarus from the dead. He had taught through parables. He had preached the Sermon on the Mount. The entry into Jerusalem into Jerusalem was indeed triumphant and full of praise.
John 12: 12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.
17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word.18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this miracle, went out to meet him.
All Creatures of Our God and King
He had only a short time left, however. He looked out over Jerusalem and wept. He went into the temple and cleansed it. He cursed the unfruitful fig tree. He said to His disciples simply, “Have faith in God.” His doctrine angered the chief priests and scribes, so that they sought his life. It was to be his last Passover, the feast remembering the sacrificial lamb who had once saved Israel. The Savior, the Lamb of God, would be betrayed. But not before he offered His great atoning sacrifice in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Luke 22: 41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
He was arrested, false testimonies were given of Him at sham trials, He was mocked and beaten. Yet He did not speak against his accusers or revilers. He was to suffer a terrible and painful death.
John 22: 17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
19 ¶ And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
Oh Lord, My Redeemer
The work He had been sent forth to do was completed: He had overcome the world.
Matthew 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
We have seen many pictures of the Savior. Perhaps you have one of Him in your heart as well. Perhaps you will sing along with our last hymn, “He Is Risen.”
He Is Risen