This week, Josh preached from Luke 24:36b-48. Our songs were gathered with the third week of Easter in mind. Below, you’ll find the list of the songs and artists. Clicking the song titles will take you to the lyrics. Below the songs, there is an example of one way you might think of these songs in light of this week's theme. If you want to talk about any of these, feel free to comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Afresh by Jeremy Riddle
Murdered Son by John Mark McMillan
How They Fit In:
There are many ways to think about the significance of songs and the way they fit together–-this is simply one way you can look at these songs in light of this week’s theme.
Just a Closer Walk With Thee: As we think through the multitude of things the resurrection of Jesus means for us, the idea of having a relationship with Jesus is one of the most simple. Jesus died. Jesus rose. (and we'll get to the part where Jesus ascends to heaven in a few weeks). The point is, Jesus is very much alive, and that's not going to change.
Fall Afresh: This song carries with it an idea of renewal--especially in terms of having a passionate, energetic faith. In the context of Easter, we ask the Spirit to reawaken us to the joy and hope of the Resurrection.
How Great Thou Art: This hymn is ultimately pointing a finger at the fact that God is "great." In the context of Easter, we emphasize the fact that God is great because God did not abandon us to our brokenness, but instead came down low to where we are, suffered, and died, so that we wouldn't have to be trapped in our brokenness anymore. This is not only the God who made us, not only who knows us, but who loves us.
Murdered Son: The language of this song can be pretty jarring. We are accustomed to hearing Jesus' death identified as a "sacrifice," rather than a "murder." While there was no doubt a "sacrificial" element of the crucifixion, we might be tempted to forget the scandal and horror of Jesus' death. This was murder. God came to humanity in human flesh, and we treated him as less than human. Despite this--and this makes the Resurrection even more insane--Jesus did not come back with vengeance, but with the hope of redemption for all things.
Jesus Paid It All: We sang this to look over our shoulder at the songs we sang last week. You can read about those songs here, but what we said about this song was: This song captures another implication of Jesus' death and resurrection: the things about us that should separate us from God are overshadowed by the fact that Jesus gave himself up for us.
Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.