Recently I received a text from Marty Sampson. He wrote to show me a new song. As I listened, the story of Jesus overwhelmed me…
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The lyrics… they captivated me. The thoughts in the song opened my eyes again to the Gospel story, and I felt the emotions of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ all over again — I could hardly wait to hear our church worship to this song… See if you can understand why as you read the words…
I cast my mind to Calvary
Where Jesus bled and died for me
I see His wounds, His hands His feet
My Saviour on that cursed tree
His body bound and drenched in tears
They laid Him down in Joseph’s tomb
The entrance sealed by heavy stone
Messiah still and all alone
Then on the third at break of dawn
The Son of Heaven rose again
O trampled death, where is your sting?
The angels roar for Christ the King
O praise the Name of the Lord our God
O praise His Name forevermore
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, Oh Lord Our God
He shall return in robes of white
The blazing sun shall pierce the night
And I will rise among the saints
My gaze transfixed on Jesus’ face
I wasn’t disappointed… I looked around a few Sunday nights ago as Marty led the song for the first time — our church were captivated, singing as if they’d known the song their whole life, cheering as they again remembered that our Saviour is returning, caught up in the wonder of Easter and our God’s majesty.
And so this song is a gift for you and your church. Feel free to listen to it and we pray that it draws you closer to Jesus and gives you new language to express our ancient story.
Wherever you find yourself this Easter, our prayer is that Christ would be at the centre, that we would lead people into His presence — that songs like this would speak the truth of the Gospel and call home the lost and the broken. Together, let us lead the people of God in glorious pursuit of Him.