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April 9, 2023 - #4882 Music & the Spoken Word

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Music

Conductor: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Richard Elliott
Announcer: Lloyd D. Newell
Special Guest: Madison Leonard, soprano

“Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”1
Music: traditional hymn tune
Lyrics: Charles Wesley
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Come, All People, Look and Wonder”
Music: Henry Smart
Lyrics: Thomas Kelly
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

Fanfare-Toccata on “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” (organ solo)
Music: Richard Elliott

“That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright”
Music: German hymn tune
Lyrics: from a Latin hymn; transl. John Mason Neale
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

Softly and Tenderly”
Music and lyrics: Will L. Thompson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
Featuring: Madison Leonard, soprano

“Because of Him”
Music: traditional hymn tune
Lyrics: David Warner
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“He Is Risen”1
Music: Joachim Neander
Lyrics: Cecil Frances Alexander
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. From the album He Is Risen.

The Spoken Word

“BECAUSE OF HIM”

by Lloyd D. Newell April 9, 2023

You may know the story of Job, a great man who also suffered terrible loss and tragedy; he asked this question long ago: “If a man die, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14).

It’s a question we’ll all have a chance to ask sometime in our lives: “Isn’t there more to life than this?” or “How can life, with all its beauty and meaning, end just like that?”

Easter is a time to remember that three days after Jesus died, His followers discovered that His body was gone and His tomb was empty. An angel asked them, “Why seek ye the living among the dead?” and then explained, “He is not here, but is risen” (Luke 24:5–6).

These simple words—“He is not here, but is risen”—answer Job’s question and our question.

Because of Jesus Christ, there is a resurrection. The scriptures affirm, “The grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ” (Mosiah 16:8).

Because of Him, life is not a dead end. Every tomb is temporary. We have a purpose that will not end, and the beauty and meaning of our lives will go on forever (see John 10:10).

This day, may you be filled with the hope found in Christ (see Ether 12:4) and find the peace of God, which surpasses understanding (see Philippians 4:7).

This Easter Sunday, we join with the Choir and Orchestra to affirm that because of Jesus Christ, our wounded hearts can be healed and every tear can be wiped away (see Isaiah 25:8).

All because of Him.