7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved
Ephesians 1:7-10, 2:4-5
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:56-57
Human beings are constantly sinful and are constantly in need of saving. This salvation has come through Jesus Christ. Even when we were dead (far from God), God sent His Son to pay the price of our sins and defeat the last enemy, death. The chorus talks about how the cross of Jesus Christ has brought us life. The cross of Jesus Christ symbolizes His perfect sacrifice offered on the cross. It is not the cross that has saved us, but the sacrifice – the blood that was spilled on our behalf. Because of this sacrifice, God has “made us alive together with Christ.” God has adopted us into His family.
Verses 1 and 2 walk through the final day of Jesus’ life. Jesus has been arrested. There has been a crown of thorns placed on His head and He was led to the place where He would die. He not only died, but as He hung on the cross He carried the guilt and shame of every person on His shoulders. He experience the fullness of God’s wrath, something only God Himself could bear. His final breath caused the whole of creation to groan. Jesus knew what was coming, yet He went willingly, knowing that God would ultimately be glorified.
God was indeed glorified. This is still the moment we sing about almost 2000 years later. This is the moment that changed the whole of human history. After three days in the grave – three days of mourning the loss of the Messiah – three days of believing all was lost – Jesus Christ rose from the dead! In His rising, our bondage to sin is no more and we rise out of the pit that we have been in. When Jesus comes again and reveals the fullness of His reign every knee will bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and confess Him as Lord.
This is the reason for the bridge. It is simply worship. The bridge repeats the word Hallelujah, which is a Hebrew word that means “praise the LORD.”
Hallelujah that we are saved not based on our good works, but on the sacrifice of Jesus.
Hallelujah that we share in the victory and life of Jesus.
Hallelujah that it will never lose its power for us.