Living Hope

What Does This Song Say?

When our future was death, Jesus Christ came in and gave us life. To sing this song we must first recognize the state of humanity before the coming, sacrifice, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. In the beginning of human history, our relationship with God was perfect. God walked among humanity. God spoke directly to humanity. God gave, and is still giving, humanity their very breath. This state of bliss changed when the devious serpent came into the picture and persuaded Adam and Eve (the first human beings) to desire knowledge over their relationship with God. This brought about the vast ‘chasm,’ or the highest ‘mountain,’ that we are unable to cross on our own. In one moment the future of the world changed drastically. The pure relationship with God was gone. In order to bring us back into the beautiful relationship with God that we once had, God had to put into motion His holy plan of redemption and forgiveness.

This holy plan’s pivotal moment finds Jesus on the cross pouring out His blood for the redemption of humanity. The God we have consistently dishonored from the beginning of history has sent Himself into our world to save His creation from their own brokenness. Jesus lived the perfect life, yet was condemned to a sinners death. Thanks be to God that the story did not end in the death of our Savior!

This song offers such a beautiful a picture of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “Then came the morning that sealed the promise. Your buried body began to breathe. Out of the silence the roaring Lion declared the grave has no claim on me.” It is easy to think of the resurrection event without really thinking about what happened in the resurrection. Jesus died. Jesus was in the grave, breathless, cold, buried for three days. Then miraculously the breath of God filled Jesus’ lungs once again. This breath is now never going to leave Jesus’ lungs again.

The God of the universe stepped down from glory to be sacrificed for the sins of His people.

1 Peter 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Because of the very God whom we disobeyed, we can be born again into a living hope in Jesus Christ, who offers us new life because He was raised to new life. We are alive because Jesus is alive. With the sacrifice of Jesus comes the reconciliation of our relationship with God. We are no longer estranged from God, but in the family of God. God gives us knowledge of Him and offers us a way to have a relationship with Him – uniting us with His Son. Being united with Christ has caused the chains of our sin to be broken. We are slaves to sin no more; we are welcomed and adored. We can live with the confidence that we have a mediator between us and God. We have a Spirit who fixes our prayers before they get to God. We have a Savior who pleads with the Father to view us, sinners saved by grace, through the lens of His Son sinlessness rather than our sin.

God, help us live into this living hope, Jesus Christ, through the power of His Holy Spirit.

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Genesis 3:19

19 “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Romans 6:9

“We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him.”

Romans 6:23

23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

2 Corinthians 4:14

14 “knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.”

Hebrews 2:14

14 “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,”

1 Peter 1:3

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”

Revelation 1:17-18

17-18 “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”


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Almighty Maker

What Does This Song Say?

In the book of Job, the Lord God, the Almighty Maker, gives a lengthy speech asking Job a bunch of hypothetical questions regarding creation. This is a powerful 5 chapters (38-42) where we really read the amount of control God has over creation, the amount of care God has for His creation, and the amount of information we do not know regarding creation. God commands the morning to come (Job 38:12). God has “walked in the recesses of the deep” sea (Job 38:16). God has entered the storehouses of the snow (which are currently open in West Michigan). God knows all things about all creation because He is intimately involved and interested in His creation.

This song asks similar questions as God asks in Job. All of the questions asked in this song have their answer in God alone. God is the only one who sets the boundaries of light, hangs the stars in the sky, created the moon and everything on it, commands the clouds to pour rain, dreamed up the plan for the redemption of His creation, and cleanses guilt with blood. This gives enough information about God to praise Him continually through all of eternity; however, this is just a small glimpse of al that we can know about God. God, the Creator, is praised by God’s own creation.

There is something powerful about asking these big questions and knowing that God is the answer to them all. It is so easy to be unimpressed by creation – we are surrounded by indoors, technology, cities and buildings – we can forget the vastness of creation and in turn the greatness of our God. As the snow is falling outside, take some time to slow down and take a look outside. Watch the snow fall. Look at how the snow sits on the tree limbs. See how the snow lays on the ground. Remember that “the Lord tells the clouds when to pour.” (verse 1) Let yourself be in awe at God’s creation. Worship God as the Creator of all. In Scripture, Creator is the first role we see God play, we cannot forget to praise God as Creator.

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Exodus 15:11

11 “Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?”

Job 28:12

12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place…?”

Psalm 19:1

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

Romans 1:20

20 “For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

Romans 11:36

36 “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.”

Colossians 1:17

17 “And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

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