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Mar 2011

Death In His Grave

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. – Galatians 6:14

One of the paradoxes of being a Christian is that we are called to glory in the cross of Christ. Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross, which reconciled us to God, should always be central to our faith. Whenever we gather together on Sunday to worship God, the saving sacrifice of Jesus Christ must be gloriously displayed for everyone to see and benefit from. This is what Paul considered of first importance (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), what Peter encouraged us to remember (2 Peter 1:9), and what is to richly fill our singing (Colossians 3:16). However, the death of Christ isn’t meant to stand alone in our preaching, singing, or thinking. If Christ had never been raised, our faith would be in vain, and we would still be wallowing in our sins.

This Sunday we will be introducing a new song by artist John Mark McMillan, entitled Death In His Grave. The song is off his larger album entitled The Medicine, and is a simple, yet powerful song that highlights Christ’s work on the cross, and explores the conquering power of his resurrection. Here is the text:

Though the Earth cried out for blood
Satisfied her hunger was
Her billows calmed on raging seas
for the souls on men she craved

Sun and moon from balcony
Turned their head in disbelief
Their precious Love would taste the sting
disfigured and disdained

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a King
Laid down in grief
But awoke with the keys
Of Hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The Man Jesus Christ
Laid death in his grave

So three days in darkness slept
The Morning Sun of righteousness
But rose to shame the throes of death
And over turn his rule

Now daughters and the sons of men
Would pay not their dues again
The debt of blood they owed was rent
When the day rolled a new

He defeated
Hell and seated
Us above the fall
In desperate places
He paid our wages
One time once and for all

If you find yourself getting hung up on the poetic language, metaphors, and use of personification, I would encourage you to check out John Mark McMillan’s blog where he goes line by line through the song, and offers commentary and explanation. I would also encourage you to download and listen to the song (or the whole album) here and meditate on the lyrics prior to Sunday. I have posted a live recording of the song below.

May Jesus’s atoning work on the cross be the object of all our adoration. May we join in with the hosts of heaven in never tiring of extolling the Lamb who was slain. May we continuously glory in the Redeemer whose praise will never cease throughout eternity.



Megan Clinch

March 24 2011 Reply

yay! i wondered if this would be intro’d sometime ago. love it.

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