Each of the articles in this resource reflects on a piece of music to explore the meaning of the Cross and the Resurrection.

"Christ The Lord Is Risen Today"

"Christ The Lord Is Risen Today"


Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!

Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!

Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!

Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!

Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!

Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!

Dying once he all doth save, Alleluia!

Where’s thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!

Following our exalted head, Alleluia!

Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!

Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!

Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!

Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!

Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!

Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia!

Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

Originally called “Hymn for Easter Day” | Charles Wesley


• What are your own formative memories of Easter Sunday at

church? Or what is most meaningful for you today in your

church’s celebration of Christ’s resurrection?

• As Jen Wilkin reflects on “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,”

she notes that the song “preaches not just the Resurrection

but also the doctrines of original sin, atonement, union with

Christ, justification, sanctification, and glorification.” Where

in the lyrics do you see these various themes? What else

stands out to you?

• Read Romans 6:8–14, 1 Corinthians 15:55, and Hebrews 10:12.

What does it mean to believe that, as Wilkin succinctly puts

it, Jesus died “one efficacious death for all sin”?

• Read Matthew 28:1–10. What is the significance of the

angel’s words “just as he said” (v. 6) in Matthew’s resurrection


• The women were “filled with joy” (v. 8)—a joy mirrored in the

repeated “Alleluias” in Wesley’s hymn. Why is Jesus’ resurrection

news of such great rejoicing?

• Read 1 Peter 1:3. How does the resurrection of Jesus give you

“a living hope”? What do the joy and hope of the Resurrection

mean in your own daily life?

This study is from "The Wondrous Cross: Reflections on Christ’s Sacrifice Drawn from the Songs and Hymns of Easter"

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