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Risen – Sovereign Grace

Sovereign Grace have put out loads of great albums (click here for their bandcamp page where you can listen to them). Here’s one with an Easter flavour. I know it’s not Easter any more but I’ve been listening to it loads, and back in the day, in the year Jesus died and rose, he would have still been on earth now, appearing to his disciples, eating with them, reassuring them, teaching them….. WOW!

A few favourites:

Alive shows the gulf between life with and without Jesus in the powerful contrast between the first verse and chorus. Without Jesus, ‘my heart of stone is dead’ but ‘Now I am alive in you….You are alive in me!’ Pumping Chorus!

What a day celebrates the events and joy of Easter Day with a great middle eight pointing us forward the next great glorious day:
There is still a day that we’re awaiting
When the glorious One we love appears
He will take us home with Him forever
He will finally wipe away our tears 
You have been raised
 unpacks the significance of Jesus’ resurrection in terms of our forgiveness and redemption – that work has been completed!

Jesus lives 
is all about the way we can laugh at death and persevere in this fallen world because Jesus has defeated death – he has taken its sting away.

Behold our God 
is less focussed on the events of Easter, but uses ideas from Isaiah 40 to build a picture of the incomparable, supreme, creator God. In Isaiah the surprise is that the same God who is so far above all things also wants to stoop down to know and comfort his people. In the song the surprise is that he’s done it in Jesus!! “God eternal, humbled to the grave. Jesus, Saviour, risen now to reign.
Hallelujah! Jesus is alive!
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I love Shai Linne for his solid theology, his dedication to his artform, and his commitment to living as a disciple of Jesus as part of his local church (just read this update on his blog to see what makes him tick). He’s released several albums through Lamp Mode and contributed to most of other releases too.
It’s still just about nearly Easter time, so the song I want to talk about today is one of the first songs of his that I heard:
‘Jesus is alive’ is from his 2008 album ‘The Atonement’. My first reaction to it was that I loved the verses, but was slightly put off by the chorus – for every time he says that Jesus is alive, Shai lists a load of people who are dead. Is the song taunting those people? If we played it to our kids, would the message that sticks with them be that loads of people are dead? Really the song is pointing out how pointless our infatuation with celebrity and fame is:

The spotlight is on today’s icons.
In a thousand years, nobody will care – their light’s gone.
But at that time, Christ will still shine bright.
He’s not in the limelight – He IS the limelight….

What we should really care about is Jesus’ fame. But the song doesn’t end there. Shai Linne is a theologian at heart, and he spells out loads of the good things that are true because Jesus is alive. But first, he shows us how sure we can be that Jesus really is risen:
…the issue is
The risen Christ was seen by 500 eye-witnesses.
Imagine 500 people in a court of law,
Each of them taking the stand and reporting what they saw…
 Having given us that powerful image, I love it that he goes on to say ‘But it’s still by faith that we trust and praise the Son.’ There is overwhelming evidence for the historical truth of the resurrection which anyone can look into, but at the end of the day it’s a matter of faith. What counts is whether you’re willing to trust in Jesus completely.
Verse three is probably my favourite part of the track –  it celebrates what life is like now for Jesus’ people because he is alive. The best bit is when the phrases get shorter and cut across the rhythm. Here’s what it’s like to live with the Spirit’s resurrection power in us – it makes me want to remember the so I can join in when I listen and remind myself every day:
United with Christ, we reside in his light,
Abide in his might, keep in stride as we fight,
The pride in our life, the lies and the spite,
We strive to be wise as he guides us through the night,
He’ll chide and he’ll slice – recognise what is right,
His brightness inside lights our eyes, and it’s tight…
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