He is Risen

Happy Easter, Sweet Friends! Today we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.
Join us for UFC’s Easter service at 10 a.m. at the farm (the old Lone Pine on River Road) or for the livestream on YouTube and Facebook.

We began our Holy Week series with Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, anointing Jesus with costly and pungent spikenard, and today, with the scent of burial herbs lingering, we listen as another Mary becomes the first eyewitness to Jesus’ resurrection and declares, “I have seen the Lord” (John 20:18).

John 20-21

In the past weeks, we have invited you to Come and See our Jesus through a journey through the Gospel of John. Today, with Mary and the disciples, we declare, “We have seen the Lord!”

We have seen Him as…

Word (1:1)
Creator (1:3)
Life (1:4)
Light (1:4, 8:12)
Only Son of God (1:14, 3:16)
Fully man (1:14)
Glorious (1:14)
Grace (1:14)
Truth (1:14)
Lord (1:23)
Lamb of God (1:29)
Rabbi/Teacher (1:38)
Messiah/Christ (1:41)
All-seeing (1:48)
King of Israel (1:49)
Miracle worker (2:11)
Angry and zealous (2:15-17)
Prophet (2:19)
All-knowing (2:24)
Savior (3:16-17)
Bridegroom (3:29)
Merciful and loving (4:7-15)
Worthy of worship (4:23)
Healer (4:50)
Encourager (5:14)
Judge (5:27)
Humble and submissive (5:30)
Thankful (6:11)
Generous provider (6:13)
Bread of Life (6:35)
Patient (6:70, 7:6)
Courageous (7:10)
Living Water (7:37)
Witness (8:14)
Rescuer (8:36)
Escape artist (8:59, 10:39)
Giver of sight (9:11)
Door (10:7)
Good Shepherd (10:14)
Protector (10:29)
Resurrection and the Life (11:25)
Compassionate (11:33)
Deeply moved (11:33, 38)
Commanding (11:43)
Defender (12:7)
Selfless servant (13:5)
Way, Truth, Life (14:6)
Exact imprint of God (14:7)
True Vine (15:1)
Giver of joy (15:11)
Chooser and appointer (15:16)
Giver of peace (16:33)
Overcomer (16:33)
Prayer warrior (17:1)
Willing (18:4)
Honest (18:20)
King of the Jews (19:3)
Final Sacrifice (19:18, 30)
Resurrected (20:8)
Victor (19:30, 20:14)
Forgiving (21:12)
Caller (21:15-19)

We know this list just touches on the character of Jesus. So, we encourage you to spend time in the next few days reviewing all the names, words, and phrases you found in the Gospel of John that describe Jesus and then respond in prayer and praise.

Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

Charles Wesley’s original 11 stanzas

Christ the Lord is ris’n to-day,
Sons of Men and Angels say!
Raise your Joys and Triumphs high,
Sing ye Heav’ns, and Earth reply.

Love’s Redeeming Work is done,
Fought the Fight, the Battle won,
Lo! our Sun’s Eclipse is o’er,
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 open’d 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 has led,
Following our Exalted Head,
Made like Him, like Him we rise:
Ours the Cross; the Grave; the Skies.
What tho’ once we perish’d All,
Partners of our Parent’s Fall,
Second Life we All receive,
In our Heav’nly Adam live.

Ris’n with Him, we upward move,
Still we seek the Things above,
Still pursue, and kiss the Son,
Seated on his Father’s Throne;

Scarce on Earth a Thought bestow,
Dead to all we leave below,
Heav’n our Aim, and lov’d Abode,
Hid our Life with Christ in God!

Hid; ’till Christ our Life appear,
Glorious in his Members here:
Join’d to Him, we then shall shine
All Immortal, all Divine!

Hail the Lord of Earth and Heav’n!
Praise to Thee by both be giv’n:
Thee we greet Triumphant now;
Hail the Resurrection Thou!
King of Glory, Soul of Bliss,
Everlasting Life is This,
Thee to know, thy Pow’r to prove,
Thus to sing, and thus to love!

Today’s Hymn
Jamie Harms, Joanna Sheppard, and Brianna Hines sing Christ the Lord is Risen Today.

Today’s John 20-21 voice
Andi Hines

Andi has been attending UFC since 2017. She finds her faith strengthened and opportunities to serve in the community nourished by the women’s ministry. She loves writing, gardening, and talking with other women about God. She’s a grandmother eight times now and so blessed to be near enough to frequently love on the littler ones.

Last Year’s Favorites
UFC’s Virtual Easter Choir 2020
Listen to last year’s Easter morning post Peter, I Love You or read it here.

Join us tomorrow at ufcwomen.blog for a final Come and See podcast along with details about our upcoming study of the book of Malachi.

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