The Holy Spirit works in our hearts (v. 5) through the Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead (vv. 9-10).

BibleGateway: 1 Thessalonians 1

ESV Text: 1 Thessalonians 1

KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 1:

     1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

     2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

     6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 191:
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today! Alleluia

— Organ Audio

1. Christ the Lord is risen today; Alleluia! 
Christians, haste your vows to pay; Alleluia! 
Offer ye your praises meet Alleluia! 
At the Paschal Victim’s feet. Alleluia! 

2. For the sheep the Lamb hath bled, Alleluia! 
Sinless in the sinners’ stead. Alleluia! 
“Christ is risen,” today we cry; Alleluia! 
Now He lives no more to die. Alleluia! 

3. Christ, the Victim undefiled, Alleluia! 
God and man hath reconciled Alleluia! 
While in strange and awe-full strife Alleluia! 
Met together Death and Life: Alleluia! 

4. Christians, on this happy day Alleluia! 
Haste with joy your vows to pay. Alleluia! 
“Christ is risen,” today we cry; Alleluia! 
Now He lives no more to die. Alleluia! 

5. Christ, who once for sinners bled, Alleluia! 
Now the First-born from the dead, Alleluia! 
Throned in endless might and power, Alleluia! 
Lives and reigns forevermore. Alleluia! 

6. Hail, eternal Hope on high! Alleluia! 
Hail, Thou King of victory! Alleluia! 
Hail, Thou Prince of Life adored! Alleluia! 
Help and save us, gracious Lord. Alleluia! 

Like the women, sometimes in our own sadness we aren’t looking for the empty tomb either—but it is still there! He is risen!

BibleGateway: Luke 24:1-12

ESV Text: Luke 24:1-12

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 1:27

     1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 8 And they remembered his words, 9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. 12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.(KJV)

Hymn: WS 730:
Now Let the Heav’ns Be Joyful

Hymn: LSB 474 Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen