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A Verse for Meditation

You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God. 1 Peter 1:23

  • Why does Peter call the word of God “living” and “abiding?” (Hint – See Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1) What other traits (in addition to living and abiding) do you recognize in the word of God?
  • When did Jesus teach Peter about being born again? (Hint – see John 3. Who would have been present besides Jesus and Nicodemus in this story?)
  • How did Paul explain the same idea? See 1 Corinthians 15:33-38
  • Secular thinkers have a real problem with the resurrection. How would you explain resurrection and eternal life to a secular thinker?

 

A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalThine Is the Glory
By Edmund Louis Budry

1. Thine is the glory,
Risen, conqu’ring Son;
Endless is the vict’ry
Thou o’er death hast won.
Angels in bright raiment
Rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave clothes
Where Thy body lay.

2. Lo! Jesus meets us,
Risen, from the tomb;
Lovingly He greets us,
Scatters fear and gloom;
Let His church with gladness
Hymns of triumph sing,
For her Lord now liveth;
Death hath lost its sting.

3. No more we doubt Thee,
Glorious Prince of Life!
Life is naught without Thee;
Aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conqu’rors,
Through Thy deathless love;
Bring us safe through Jordan
With Thy power and love.

Chorus:
Thine is the glory,
Risen, conqu’ring Son;
Endless is the vict’ry
Thou o’er death hast won.

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Hymn text is in the public domain

 

Why is it so important to human beings that Christ has conquered death?

What makes human beings think they should live forever? (Hint – see Genesis 2:16-17 – the command punished disobedience with death. Then view Genesis 2:22-23 where it is clear that the tree of life that gave eternal life was always available to humans while they were in the garden.)

What elements of the story of the resurrection are referenced in this hymn?

What is the “doubt,” mentioned in verse 3, that is blown away by the resurrection?

What is your favorite resurrection hymn? Why? Please share it in the comments.

 

A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalAbide With Me
by Henry Lyte

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

  • This hymn is a prayer. Can you think of a Bible verse that might comfort someone crying out for God to be near?
  • What clues tell you that the hymn writer faces a serious problem? What clues in the hymn testify to great faith?
  • What did Jesus say on the night before his crucifixion that comfort this hymn writer?
  • Where did the hymn writer get the idea that death has lost its sting?
  • What gives this writer the audacity to say that he fears no foe with God near?
  • What problem in your life, now or in the past, might motivate you to pray this prayer? How does this hymn comfort or guide you to handle your problem?

A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalI Know that My Redeemer Lives
By: Samuel Medley

I know that my Redeemer lives!
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living head!

He lives triumphant from the grave;
He lives eternally to save;
He lives exalted, throned above;
He lives to rule his Church in love.

He lives to silence all my fears;
He lives to wipe away my tears;
He lives to calm my troubled heart;
He lives all blessings to impart.

He lives, all glory to his name;
He live, my Savior
 still the same;
What joy this blest assurance gives:
I know that my Redeemer lives!

  • Who is the Redeemer who is central to this hymn? Why is it so comforting to know the Christ lives?
  • We know very well that Christ is not visible in time and space as Jesus was. How do we know that Christ lives?
  • What does Christ do for us, because he is alive?
  • What is our natural response to the Redeemer who changes our lives now and saves us forever?
  • New Christians in countries where Christians are heavily persecuted cling to Christ in faith under the most dire conditions. What does this song say that explains their behavior?
  • Every statement in this hymn is based on teachings from the Bible. Do you know how to find all those teachings?

A Verse for Meditation

If we have died with him, we will also live with him. 2 Timothy 2:11

Paul wrote from prison to Timothy, a young pastor. Read what the experienced missionary said in verses leading up to this statement:

8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 2 Timothy 2:8-10

  • What two things are key to Paul’s teaching about Christ in this passage? Are these things important to your faith? How important is it that God kept his promise to Abraham and to David?
  • What is Paul’s situation? How does he explain his own ministry in this adverse situation? Have you personally experienced suffering or chains, or have you endured misery or pain for the sake of the gospel? Do you know anyone who has suffered for the faith?
  • What is one of the important reasons Paul endures and stands fast in the faith?
  • When Paul says, “we have died with him,” to what is he referring?
  • How will we live if we have died?

12    if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
13    if we are faithless,
he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself. 2 Timothy 2:12-13 

  • Today’s verse is the first of a list of promises. Read the promises. What happens to Christ’s work if we are faithful? What happens to Christ’s work if we disown him? What happens to Christ’s work if we are faithless? Who loses if we fail him and disown him rather than persevere and testify faithfully?