What has quickly become one of my favorite songs…“Forever” by Kari Jobe
“The moon and starts they wept, the morning sun was dead, the savior of the world was fallen…his body on the cross, his blood poured out for us, the weight of every curse was broken.”
Imagine what his followers must have felt like that day- watching the one they thought was going to save them dying like the worst criminal on a cruel cross. They had just welcomed him as a king a mere 7 days before, and now he looked anything but. Those who were looking for Jesus to take over as ruler of their world were sorely disappointed. I wonder how many thought he was a total fraud after they watched him die? I imagine his mother- how her heart must have shattered as she clung to the hope that he would not stay in that grave.
“One final breath he gave, as heaven looked away, the son of God was laid in darkness…a battle in the grave, the war on death was waged, the power of hell forever broken.”
That moment when God had to turn his face away from his son…how that must have hurt the holy trinity. How evil must have rejoiced during those 3 days- only to be crushed when the power of hell was indeed broken.
“The ground began to shake, the stone was rolled away, his perfect love could not be overcome…now death where is your sting, our resurrected king has rendered you defeated.”
What a moment that must have been when Jesus stepped out of the tomb. Perhaps the demons howled in protest- for 3 days, evil thought it had won only to see Jesus emerge victorious. God demonstrated his perfect love through his son- the one he could not bear to look on as he died. Death still has a mighty sting on this earth, but the eternal sting was removed in that moment for those who believe.
“Forever, he is glorified, forever, he is lifted high, forever, he is risen…he is alive…he is alive.”
Thank you, Jesus, that the grave could not hold you…that you defeated death…that we will one day see death die…that because of you I can cling to hope on the darkest days…that you are alive. Forever alive.