THE WORD: Up from the Grave He Arose

Sunrise over Henderson County, N.C., from the Blue Ridge Parkway Tuesday morning, July 6, 2004. (AP Photo/Asheville Citizen-Times, John Fletcher)

It’s Easter week! Across the globe, many are suffering from the hardships thrust upon them by the coronavirus outbreak and resulting shutdown. The holiest week in the Christian calendar begins with suffering and ends with triumph. A classic hymn, “Low in the Grave He Lay,” is undoubtedly popular because of its musical transition from melancholy verses to an exultant refrain. Many hymnals title the song as “Up from the Grave He Arose” because so many know the chorus. Similarly, we all know the ending to the Easter story. But before the triumphant resurrection, there was death and waiting.

Luke 24: 2-3 (KJV)

2And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.