"Why?' asks the preacher.
Her reply... “I always find the music a bit more to the point of Easter.” “Easter strikes me as something not to be argued, reasoned out, or demonstrated. It’s something to be experienced... enjoyed... wondered at. That’s why on Easter, the music seems most to the point.”
So we had a lot of music this Easter morning, singing of that which we experience to be true, that Christ lives today. I lift two songs for our Easter celebration and reflection: 1. "In the Garden" (at the same time one of the most loved and despised hymns in our hymnal!) and 2. "He Lives."
In the Garden puts us in the shoes (and experience) of Mary Magdalene who encounters the post-death Jesus in the garden by the tomb. She not only experiences joy, but is "bid to go; thru the voice of woe, his voice to me is calling." She is not to remain tarrying with the Lord in the garden, but is to follow him by listening for his voice calling her through those who suffer.
"He Lives" was written by a Presbyterian minister in the 1930's following a conversation with a young Jew who wondered why he should worship "a dead Jew." "But he lives," was Ackley's response. You ask me how I know he lives. He lives within my heart.
Do you have an Easter song that captures your experience of and faith in a living Christ? If so, which one? Why does it resonate with you? What would be your response to the question raised to Ackley by his Jewish friend, "Why should I worship a dead Jew?" Who is Jesus to you?