VICTORY! A COMFORTING VICTORY
First Saint John 5:4
Brothers and Sisters,
Here is one of my favorite, comforting hymns for Easter:
When Now In Music God Is Glorified
1. When now, in music, God is glorified,
and adoration leaves no room for pride.
It is as though the whole creation cried:
2. Then, once upon a bitter afternoon,
HIS Passion ended in a stone-cold tomb,
and the apostles hid in upper room,
3. But on the third day, in the morning hour,
as Mary came to Tomb to place a flower
Christ had risen by HIS Divine Power,
4. Let every instrument be tuned for praise,
let all rejoice who have a voice to raise,
and may God give us strength to say always “alleluia.”
5. For did not Jesus sing a psalm that night,
when deepest hell strove against Heaven’s light
and did not Christ prevail throughout the fight? Alleluia.
6. Praised now be God the FATHER, and the SON,
and HOLY GHOST, Trinity ever one.
For Christ has triumphed and HIS course has run, alleluia.
The comforting-element of the hymn, I think, is the how it recalls what happened in the past AND invites the us to live through it as well. “Once upon a time and long ago, there was a scary day where Christ, the Messiah, died and the day ended with Him in the Sepulchre” – scary, sad, and very upsetting. The hymn doesn’t just leave the event in past (or even present) tense. The hymn continues: “on the third day . . .”
When all had seemed lost, goodness won in the end and victory was accomplished. All of your favorite fairy tales and other stories follow this plot structure of events – not because someone figured out that this structure makes a gripping story, but precisely because is the THE story of Christ; THAT is why it is the common thread for a “fairly tale ending.” The plot does not work on its own; the plot is gripping because Christ went through it – it’s part of every human’s core to be inspired by this story structure because it is Christ’s story.
Whoever is begotten by God conquers the world, and the victory that conquers the world is our faith (1 John 5:4).
God be near,