Opened to show He’s gone!

When Christ was taken from the cross
his body was not dumped or lost,
nor in communal graveyard tossed,
among the many there amassed.

As prophesied, a rich man’s tomb
was where his body, dead, was borne,
but on the third day’s early morn
the stone-door from its seals was torn.

An angel came (the soldiers quake
they see him roll it, feel earth shake):
an open grave to show Christ gone.
death could not hold the mighty Son.
Tune: LM

Freed to Free

Transaction crucial on the cross
and willingly allowed – for us!
He then returns from death’s hold freed
to freedom give from gloom and need.

The angels gaze amazed to see
this love for those in misery –
to those refusing the true King
such Gift and love he’s offering.

The Source and Origin of all
came as a babe to show, fulfil
solution planned for those who’d messed
the world, their lives now much distressed.
Time: LM

Praise, peace, palms and hatred

As prophesied, the peaceful King
into Jerusalem rides in
upon a colt, untrained and humble
but some are jealous, angry, grumble:
they ask He stop the praise and cheer,
but Jesus says, ‘If so, you’d hear
the very stones cry out in praise’ –
a rock-band truly to amaze!

Some wanted him to conquer now,
but didn’t understand just how
there then would be no time to turn
from heedlessness to hear, return;
for all had need to come to Him
leave lives of selfish greed and sin,
and so He now was calling all –
repent, ask grace, for mercy call.

But others hated, could not bear
His honest godliness, nor care
to teach God’s way to all the poor,
their own advance wished to procure
pretending to serve God, they laid
such heavy burdens that dismayed
the honest folk who wanted grace,
but Jesus showed God’s gracious face..

Luke: 19:28-40; John 12:12-15
Tune: LMD

Why? What For?


How could He die? – and why?
Why let them mock and crucify?
They didn’t know it was for greater good.
His agonies – much deeper than they understood –
would earn the pardon-gift to give
– and soon He’d rise and supervise
the proclamation of redemption.

In heaven until He’ll all fulfil
return the reigning King
and all will honour Him.

Don’t doubt, and wait
to see Him come
– too late
to then believe, receive.

Freed to Free

Transaction crucial on the cross
and willingly allowed – for us!
He then returns from death’s hold freed
to freedom give from gloom and need.
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The angels gaze amazed to see
this love for those in misery –
to those refusing the true King
such Gift and love he’s offering.

The Source and Origin of all
came as a babe to show, fulfil
solution planned for those who’d messed
the world, their lives now much distressed.
Time: LM

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