Sunday, April 20, 2014

He Is Risen Indeed! (free album)

A few months ago, I and a couple fellow worship leaders set out to write and record a few songs for our churches that would tell the story from Good Friday to Easter. As I considered what I wanted to write about, Paul's argument from 1st Corinthians 15 kept coming to mind:
...if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:17-22 ESV)
For the early church, this was more that an apologetic assertion, more than just a doctrinal tenet. No, this fact alone was the one thing standing between them and lives of utter meaninglessness and madness. Or as Paul put it, lives "in vain", "misrepresenting God", "futile" and "pitied".

For them it meant that the whole world had been turned upside down—or rather right side up—to declare in call-and-response fashion,

He is risen!

He is risen indeed!

I've shared below the lyrics to the song I wrote for this EP. We hope you'll download this free album and, if you're blessed by it, we hope you'll tell your friends about it!

He Is Risen Indeed

Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man
Died upon the cross for all of mankind
And in his wounds we find healing
Jesus, in our place, the grave could not
Hold the God of grace, our debt has been paid in full
He is risen, he is risen indeed!

Hope, we sing as those with hope
Not in this life only
But also the life that is still yet to come
The power of death was shaken
Our sins have been taken
And laid in an empty tomb

Joy, he is unsinkable joy
Though the trials and storms
Of this life still may blow and break on us
The power of grief was shaken
Our shame has been taken
And nailed to the rugged cross

In him we die, in him we rise
All righteousness is satisfied
In Jesus' life we find our lives
In Christ alone we're justified
In him we die, in him we rise

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