Saturday, April 11 | by Lara Fisher
(Charles Wesley, 1739 – CGH #194)
Every year we sing the traditional Easter hymn Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, written by Charles Wesley. An interesting line in the hymn to me is “Sing ye heav’ns and earth, reply, Alleluia.” Luke 19:40 says: “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out.” (CSB) That is astounding! Isn’t it incredible that we worship a God who is worthy of all praise, a God who if we don’t praise Him, the rocks will?
My Nana (Martha Kirkland) has one of the best rock collections the world has ever seen. Hundreds of rocks are displayed on her porch and in her backyard. Her rocks come from all across the country, reminders of travels she enjoyed with people she loves. I can’t help but think what it would be like if the rocks in her backyard erupted in praise.
What’s even more incredible is that our Savior was dead but now He is alive! If we were to keep silent, the very stone that covered Jesus’ grave but could not hold Him there would cry out to Him. If we were to keep silent, the creatures of the earth and the ground that they roam on would cry out to Him.
Nothing can stop God from being praised! As we celebrate our risen Savior, take time to consider that if everything on earth praises God, so shall we.
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!”
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