Approximately 7,000 worshiping Christians gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter morning to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ at the 37th-annual Easter sunrise service, which featured Newsboys lead singer Michael Tait and the song “We Believe.”
The event was hosted and organized by Capital Church, an interdenominational congregation in the Washington suburb of Vienna, Virginia. The service began at 6:30 a.m. and the hour-and-a-half music-filled ceremony featured not only Tait but a choir, orchestra, band and a brief sermon from the congregation’s lead pastor Amos Dodge.
“Washington, D.C. is arguably the one most influential cities in the world and I do believe it is important in the heart of the most influential city of the world to declare on Easter morning our faith in the risen Lord,” Dodge told The Christian Post. “I think it is important to reclaim some of our own spiritual heritage and we do that from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and declare our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, who died and rose again.”
In his 15-minute sermon, Dodge told the crowd that Easter is about celebrating the certainty in knowing that not only did Jesus die for our sins but he also rose again from His death, which no other religion can claim to be true about their Messiah or messenger.
“Christianity is unique in that we know that Muhammad may have said some wonderful things and done some wonderful things, but he is in a tomb. Confucius was noted for wise sayings but nobody has heard from him in a long, long time,” Dodge declared. “When you compare the claims of Jesus Christ to all the religions in the world, no other religion has a risen savior, the one who came back from the dead.”
“You can trust a man who died for you,” Dodge continued. “Jesus died for us and then came back from the grave.”
Going into the morning, Dodge expected to have a larger crowd than any of the previous 37 Easter services held at the Lincoln Memorial because of Tait’s expected performance.
“The Lincoln Memorial is just eight blocks from where I grew up,” the 48-year-old Tait said in a press release. “To be there at sunrise on Easter, singing ‘We Believe’… it’s going to be incredible!”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post