Tag Archives: Risen

Before the throne of God above

Don’t know how well this arrangement would go down at most of our church gatherings here at FBC, but perhaps it might work at your place, otherwise I hope it’ll help you celebrate the assurance we can have in Jesus wherever you are now!

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tells me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of glory and of grace,
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high

from Grace Alone, released 14 August 2012

Words by Charitie Lees Bancroft, Alternate Words and Music by Vikki Cook
Arrangement by The Modern Post

There’s a whole load more music from Mars Hill here.

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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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