Father of glory,
we praise you that you mightily raised your Son, Jesus, from the dead.
We praise you that the stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
This is your doing
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Death could not hold him!
Our last enemy has fallen before your power
in the triumph of Jesus over death,
and we have been freed from fear of this ancient enemy.
And now, O God,
grant us to live in the riches of all that Jesus’ resurrection means.
All authority belongs to him in heaven and on earth.
No power and no enemy can prevail against him.
Only good can come to us in the end as we trust in him.
The best is always yet to come.
banish fear and fretting and discouragement and moddiness from our lives.
Rivet our attention on the ultimate reality
of Christ’s final triumph over death.
Never let us forget or fail to feel universal glory
that you have given Jesus a name that is above every name.
Make this practical in our daily lives
as we see every person, great and small,
facing someday the risen and triumphant Judge of all the nations.
Give us a brokenhearted boldness
in the mercy and might of Jesus.
we want our lives to count for the display of his greatness.
Work in us to this end with all your might, we pray.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
- John Piper, from Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, (pp.108-9)