So we started off singing. A little drums, piano, bass, guitar, saxaphone...
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand
In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
'Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the World by darkness slain.......
And then came the longest pause. The music quieted, the drums fell silent, no words were sung. It was the longest pause in the history of all long pauses in a song. I felt myself holding my breath. I was on the edge of my seat.
If I didn't know the story I might have yelled "oh no! What happens next? Where will your hope come from now that he is in the tomb? Where will you get your strength? Is that all? Did he just take away all my sin and then die?"
Andy, our music pastor, started to play the guitar again and he said those words we were all waiting to hear "oh but he didn't stay in the tomb".
The music grew a little louder and then comes the rest of the story!
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
'Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand
The longest pause made me think about those three days he was in the tomb. I was getting anxious during the song. Come on Jesus get out of the tomb! I can't imagine what the disciples were thinking during those long three days. Maybe they were like me saying "no, wait, the song can't end here, we haven't got to the best part yet". The song didn't end there. It came back with a vengeance. Drums, guitars, piano, voices...shouting the gospel that Jesus burst forth on that glorious day and rose!
Like I said. Really great song. Absolutely perfect for Easter.