[Excerpt from Ode to Jesus Copyright © 2017 Edward K. Watson. All rights reserved. Hymn #6.]

 

Meter 86.86

(a)

Meeting the spirits in prison,

Jesus preached to the dead!

The Son of God fulfilled his task –

The Atonement ended!

(b)

Angels proclaimed glorious news:

Jesus came back from death!

He is not here; he is risen.

He once again has breath!

(c)

Jesus Christ was resurrected.

Jesus conquered the grave!

Returning from the realm of death,

Never again death’s slave!

(d)

He spent time with his disciples.

His body could be felt!

Forty days they walked together,

Then rising up to dwelt!

(e)

He’s first to be resurrected.

The first immortal flesh!

Our Lord’s the firstborn from the dead.

Praise him who conquered death!

(f)

Christ will forever destroy death.

I no longer fear death!

Christ holds the keys of death and Hades.

Jesus will annul death!

(g)

Jesus can never die again.

Just one mortality!

Death can never again have him.

He lives eternally!

(h)

Christ makes everyone immortal –

Both righteous and flawed!

This free gift he gives to us all.

In my flesh, I’ll see God!

 

(a)

HE PREACHED TO THE SPIRITS IN PRISON: 1 Peter 3:18-20

(b)

ANGELS ANNOUNCED HIS RESURRECTION: Matthew 28:5-7; Luke 24:3-8

(c)

HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD: Mark 16:9; Acts 13:37; Acts 17:31; Romans 6:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:4,12-26; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Ephesians 1:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; 2 Timothy 2:8; 1 Peter 3:21

(d)

MANY EYEWITNESSES SAW, INTERACTED WITH, AND FELT THE RESURRECTED JESUS: Matt 28:9; Luke 24:36-51; Acts 1:1-11; John 20:19-20; John 20:25-29; 1 Corinthians 15:5-8

(e)

HE WAS FIRST TO RESURRECT FROM THE DEAD WITH AN IMMORTAL BODY: Acts 26:23; 1 Corinthians 15:20,23; Colossians 1:18; Revelation 1:5

(f)

HE WILL DESTROY DEATH AND HADES: 1 Corinthians 15:26; 2 Timothy 1:10; Revelation 20:13-14; Revelation 1:18

(g)

HE CAN NEVER DIE AGAIN: Romans 6:9-10; Romans 8:34; 2 Corinthians 5:15

(h)

HE MAKES EVERYONE IMMORTAL: Acts 24:15; John 5:28-29; Rom 5:15-18; 1 Cor 15:12-30; 1 Corinthians 15:35,40-57

 

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