Yes I know there’s a wedding on today, but just to be different I don’t want to talk about that! Instead I want to conclude my series about Easter by sharing the words of the following song with you:

He could have left that cross that day
To feed the hungry who were there
He could have wiped the children’s’ tears away
To show them He still cared
He could have once again reached out His hand
To give sight to the blind
He could have kissed His mother one more time
 
But He had to hold to Calvary
To ever hold to me
He could not free himself and set me free
He had to surrender
To win my victory
He could not save himself and save me
 
He could have proven to Jerusalem
That He truly was God’s son
He could have shown those who scorned Him
That He was the mighty one
He could have grieved the crown and filled the sky
With angels to set Him free
He could have walked away from Calvary
 
But He had to hold to Calvary
To ever hold to me
He could not free himself and set me free
He had to surrender
To win my victory
He could not save himself and save me
 
But He had to hold to Calvary
To ever hold to me
He could not free himself and set me free
He had to surrender
To win my victory
He could not save himself and save me
He had to surrender
To win my victory
He could not save himself
He could have walked away from Calvary
He could not save himself and save me

Those are the words of the song He Had To Hold To Calvary which to me, totally sum up Easter, and the real reason we celebrate Easter.

I first came across this song a few years ago when Sydney Staff Songsters spent a weekend “specialing” at Rutherglen Salvation Army during their UK tour that year. I remember sitting in our Senior Band, at the front of the hall, right in front of the platform, and Garry Druery, one of their soloist stood at the front of the platform just a few feet away from me, and sang this song…I was mesmerised…I was deeply moved…I was there – I really felt as though as Garry was singing I was there watching Jesus being crucified on the cross…what emotions I felt that first time I heard that song.

Please listen and watch the following video as Garry Druery singing He Could Not Hold To Calvary:

Still to this day, every time I hear/watch this song it brings tears to my eyes, as it sums Easter up for me.

I hope and pray you have been reminded of the real meaning of Easter by reading some of my blog post during these last 2 weeks. If nothing else I hope you may have been made aware that Easter isn’t just about Easter eggs, chocolate etc, but it’s about just how much Jesus gave up for you and for me….His life!

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