Every so often I will hear a song that touches my heart or stirs my soul. The artist who sings and or writes these special songs have everything fall into place. In some cases its as if the hand of God, divine intervention or angelic inspiration led to the final result. When it comes to Easter, I can’t think of a better song that summarizes this special season than Forever by Kari Jobe.
The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Saviour of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon him
If you had to give a sunrise sermon, a condensed message, the lyrics of Forever highlight the death and resurrection of Jesus and what it means for you and for me. You don’t have to listen to a 30 or 60 minute sermon to understand what this day means for Christians. Although every song has its time and place, Forever has become an instant classic for me, now a popular worship selection for Sunday mornings.
One final breath he gave
As heaven looked away
The son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken
Instead of trying to come up with a new angle, I thought the words of Forever would suffice. It only takes three stanzas to summary Good Friday through Easter Sunday. While the words vary slightly from the actual Bible verses, Forever nails it, so to speak, touching core principles about what Jesus’ victory over death means. The final portion of the third stanza quotes 1 Corinthians 15, concentrating on verses 55-57.
The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated
Wherever you are on this Easter Sunday, may the song Forever remind you of the greatest sacrifice ever made.
by Jay Mankus