He's Alive

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This song is celebration from beginning to end. Yes, it has some bite to it, but acknowledging failure is not damaging for us. It is freeing! We have nothing to bring to the table, and therefore, we need bring nothing to the table. That takes away the barriers to approaching God. Jesus's death, resurrection, and ascension are not just everything we need, they are liberally above and beyond what we could even think to ask for.

Jesus's life means our life, and this is our hope in the middle of seemingly endless daily struggle. This song is a reminder to be joyful because God is working on our behalf in incredible ways at all times.

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Long before the universe was framed
In Your plan to unveil Jesus's grace
Who could know how patiently You'd wait
Long enduring our hubris and our hate
Not one hint of changing Your mind
Never wavering since the dawn of time
In the grave, we were laid at Jesus's side
Now we boldly proclaim He's alive!

He's alive
Now your holy wrath is satisfied
Now my sin-soaked heart is purified
Now this once cold corpse is brought to life

Shackled to the diversions that we chased
Medicating our fall from your embrace
And when none of our schemes could suffice
At our twilight, You showed us Jesus Christ
By Your Spirit, we saw Him with new eyes
Brilliant daylight invaded our night
By His grace, in our place, Jesus died
Now we boldly proclaim He's alive!

Now we daily struggle to hold fast
Prone to wander and wade in wayward past
Walking in our own intellect and strength
Oh how quick we forget how we were saved
Yet Your Spirit so graciously invades.
He reminds, and He hastens us awake
Ever showing us the depths of Jesus's mind
And proclaiming to us: "He's alive!"

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from Lifted, released December 19, 2015

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