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Mar 2021

Christ Our Hope in Life and Death

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. – Acts 4:12

This Sunday, we will be introducing a new hymn to our gathering, Christ Our Hope in Life and Death, by Jordan Kauflin, Keith Getty, Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Matthew Merker. This modern hymn expresses the comfort and assurance that flows from trusting Christ, who has conquered death and guaranteed our future by his resurrection.

The song opens with the first article of the Heidelberg Catechism: What is your only hope in life and in death? For centuries, believers have learned the Christian faith beginning with that question. Why start there? Because death is our common fate. And to find comfort in life, we must know how we can face death. Hope comes only in trusting the one who died to take the curse of death and who crushed the power of death by his resurrection. “Christ has been raised from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:20). That is the only statement that can transform how we live each day and how we prepare for our earthly life to end. Here are the lyrics to the hymn:

What is our hope in life and death? Christ alone, Christ alone.
What is our only confidence? That our souls to Him belong.
Who holds our days within His hand? What comes, apart from His command?
And what will keep us to the end? The love of Christ, in which we stand.

O sing hallelujah! Our hope springs eternal;
O sing hallelujah! Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death

What truth can calm the troubled soul? God is good, God is good.
Where is His grace and goodness known? In our great Redeemer’s blood.
Who holds our faith when fears arise? Who stands above the stormy trial?
Who sends the waves that bring us nigh? Unto the shore the rock of Christ.

Unto the grave what will we sing? Christ He lives, Christ He lives.
And what reward will heaven bring? Everlasting life with Him.
There we will rise to meet the Lord, then sin and death will be destroyed,
And we will feast in endless joy, when Christ is ours forevermore.

These lyrics start with a rhetorical question that is answered: Jesus is our only hope. He knows how long we will live, and sustains us during this life. He is the foundation, the solid rock for which we can stand and find refuge. His goodness ought to bring us comfort during times of trial and tribulation. In response, we praise God in song and spread the news about Christ’s death and resurrection to others, ready to see Jesus as He throws death into an eternal hellfire. We will feast with the Lord, where there will be no more pain, or suffering, or sin. Death will have no hold over us, as we proclaim “Christ, he lives”.

You can listen to Christ Our Hope in Life and Death by watching the video below, and you can purchase and download the full song by clicking here. The hope of the resurrection should spur us to sing. Like the Heidelberg Catechism that inspired it, this song is honest about death. We want our songs to be honest about the grave, because we have real hope to offer our troubled world. Though many of us may be singing from home during this season, we can still sing with confidence, because we know the One who conquered the grave by his resurrection. I pray that as we sing this song together on Sunday, we would be reminded to not approach death crippled by fear. I pray that we would sing “Hallelujah” loudly because Christ himself is our hope in life and death, and he now assures us of our glorious future. We can now confess: “I am not my own, but belong—body and soul in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.”

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