I get goosebumps every time I lead worship on Easter morning. There are many moments as a worship leader where I am taken aback by the overwhelming sense of awe from the congregation as they sing about the glories of Jesus, but few compare to Easter morning when we sing of his resurrection. Christ’s victorious power over the grave almost seems tangible on Easter.
We often sing a song on Easter that is very beloved to our church family called In Christ Alone. One of the verses says this:
There in the ground his body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave he rose again
And as he stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am his and he is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
This is the verse that often produces tears in the eyes of our church family. It’s so beautiful to watch, a testimony to me that the Gospel transforms lives.
I’m not surprised that it is this particular verse that seems to overcome people’s hearts, because it heralds the answer to the longing of the human heart. We long to be free from the grip of sin, to rid ourselves of all the unrighteousness that dogs us, to escape from the empty depravity of this wrecked world, and to have assurance that life is on the other side of impending death. We are overjoyed to find all of these things in the Savior Jesus Christ!
When I discovered the deliverance of Jesus I truly felt free, and I continue to rediscover it every day. In Christ, “sin’s curse has lost its grip on me”, his grace motivates me to find satisfaction in righteousness, lifts my head up to look forward to a better and eternal home, and blasts the darkness of death with light by raising me to new life.
Easter morning is a wonderful reminder that, by our trust in the Gospel, we have been united to Christ in resurrection life. Colossians 3:1-4 says,
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
I’m learning to treasure this passage. As I think over the family of Grace Church, I survey the many struggles and pains we face together – all of them different, all of them real, and all of them deeper than any of us can understand. But, oh, to remember we have been raised with Christ, that our lives are hidden in him! Though we face paralyzing tribulations and endure the pangs of a fallen world, we can set our minds on the new life we have been guaranteed in Jesus.
Yes, it’s through many dangers, toils and snares we have already come, but his grace has brought us safe thus far, and his grace will lead us home. What a joy to be reminded on Easter morning that we are as secure as Christ is, for he is risen, and so have we been!