Saturday, March 30, 2024

Brooks: Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer

Sunday, March 31, 2024
    Commemoration of John Donne, Priest, Poet, 1631
    On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’”
    —Luke 24:1-7 (NIV)
Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right.
Faith and Hope triumphant say,
Christ will rise on Easter-Day.
    ... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Christmas Songs and Easter Carols, New York: E.P. Dutton, 1904, p. 35 (see the book)
    See also Luke 24:1-7; Song of Solomon 8:6; Matt. 28:1-7; Mark 16:2-7; John 1:4-5; 20:1-8; Rom. 8:23-25; Heb. 11:1; 1 Pet. 2:9
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