Life after Death

What is there after death? –
All puzzle as they think,
but from their exiting this earth
their meditations shrink.

Why do so few give thought
to news of him who rose
up from the dead, and clearly taught
– its key he only knows.

Many do not believe
and can’t be bothered to
investigate – and so deceive
themselves, miss message true.

Some maybe do accept
but do not understand
the awesome wonderful concept
that God for you has planned.

As Adam sinned and earned
death coming to each one,
the death of Jesus, who returned
brought Life by what he’d done!

Tune: SM: eg Trentham by Robert Jackson, tune of ‘Breathe on me, breath of God’

Romans 5:12, 15, 18

Jesus approaching his departure

The time was coming soon – he knew
just what he’d have to bear and do
in love to save his people – all
who would for his salvation call.

Before returning to his throne,
for all our sins he would atone,
and then present his sacrifice
God would not need that payment twice.

And in the garden then he knew
the depth of suffering he’d go through:
“If possible …” we hear him pray,
but knew there was no other way.

No other way his Father’s will
and all things needful to fulfil
so we could with our Saviour live
and glory to Christ Jesus give.

John 13:1 Matthew 26:39 Hebrews 12:2b Isaiah 53:10b,11
Tune: LM eg Niagara by Robert Jackson (tune of ‘The Lord is King! lift up your voice

Three Crosses at Calvary

One man on a cross insulted his neighbour
by mocking this sufferer who could be his Saviour
– he’d lived his own way though expecting provision –
his needs met by God while he lived in rebellion.

Another who’d lived in a similar manner
now turned and acknowledged and honoured the Saviour,
admitted his guilt and his fair condemnation
and asked for Christ’s mercy, eternal salvation.

Between them there hung on the cross one awaited
right from the beginning when all was created
so good, but the sinning had spoilt this creation
and all would have need of God’s pardon, redemption.

The one who was sorry, looked forward to glory,
received what Christ died for, that prime day of history,
the greatest achievement accomplished and won,
by Jesus, who’d rise, the Good Shepherd, God’s Son.

Is God alive?

You can’t believe there’s a God who is good?
complain he doesn’t do (yet) what you think he should?
assume that Jesus just can’t have been what
is generally believed – or you rather hope not?

You have no patience to carefully read,
and feel the accounts must surely indeed
be written to trick, deceive, confuse,
but dare not the history yourself peruse?

Did that man so die who was much admired?
Did he live again, and has since inspired
so many, did he teach well, heal?
and the will of the one true God reveal?

The World was Rocked

‘I can’t believe, I won’t believe
until I see and feel
that he is now alive again,
his resurrection real.’

He saw, and then he didn’t need
the hands and side to feel,
for this was Jesus, changed, and yet
with body, solid, real.

We cannot see and touch him now,
the sites of nail-holes feel,
but dare we therefore scorn, insist
their statements were unreal?

So many saw, faithfully told –
surprised, astonished, shocked
– they lost their fear and doubt, grew bold –
and all the world was rocked.
Tune: CM
“Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” … They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.’ Luke 24: 42, 43; for Thomas’ reaction see John 20: 24 – 29

Palm Sunday (3)

The Ruler entered
humble on a donkey
– an untrained donkey
that he could calm.
The crowd praised now
but soon abused, rejected
this mighty, righteous,
soon shown to be victorious
Ruler of the universe,
remover of earth’s curse,
before whom all will
bend the knee –
so bow, adore
before
he comes again.

‘Good’ Friday?

Ugly, unjust
excruciating execution
– ‘Good’ Friday?
Bad Friday?
Sad Friday?
Day of gloom?

Confused and sad
disciples fled
forgetting he had said
these things must happen
– he had allowed them to occur!

Thus was the ransom paid!
and so, it is Good Friday
for it begat the Resurrection Sunday!

Alive Now!

Jesus died upon a cross
so he could be friends with us,
and forgive our naughtiness,
help us live like him of course.

Babe in a manger
Teacher and Healer
died as a Saviour
but Jesus lives
right now.

Jesus came alive again,
talked and walked, ate food, and then
went to heaven but hears us pray,
said he’ll come again one day.

Tune: Jesus Loves Me! (77 77+)

The crux of all time

This all occurred –
as man on earth
God brought true Word
and died our death
–  the fine he paid
that we had earned
on him was laid.
He then returned
and showed the debt
had been wiped clean
– come, bow, and let
him rule, redeem.

88 88 88    eg’On Christmas night all Christians sing’

Resurrection?

Jesus was beaten, crucified –
the soldiers checked he’d really died
with spear thrust deep into his side:
some try to say he this survived,
and in the tomb awoke, unwound,
th’anointed cloths removed that bound,
escaped the guard, removed the rock,
and somehow staggered, scheming, back?!
    Such thoughts do not make any sense,
    the implications are immense:
    It was the powerful living Lord
    who rose with energising Word.

Some say they all mistook the tomb,
or someone moved, by means unknown
the corpse – removed and never found.
His followers, friends were beaten, bound
for saying he’s alive to save
– for lies would they have been so brave?
They were not charged with body-theft;
no longer mourning, sad, bereft.
Men, women changed by joyful news
    they can’t deny, though crowds abuse.
    The evidence makes legal sense,
    the implications are immense.

Recorded clear accounts we have
of, after days within the grave
some met him live upon the third –
for forty days he then appeared,
and often unexpectedly,
once with five hundred there to see,
and sent them out this to proclaim
– ‘repent, Christ saves, and soon will reign’.
    Men, women changed by joyful news
    they can’t deny, though crowds abuse.
    The evidence makes legal sense,
    the implications are immense.

Tune:  DLM+ ‘Ye banks and braes’, but repeat the last 4 lines of the tune