Gather | Devotion #6: Death was Arrested
Having been the Production Director at The River Church meant that I was constantly surrounded by worship music. As time went on, songs began to blend together. It was very easy to become numb to the story the artist is portraying through their songs. But every so often a song will come out that has a melody that instantly grabs your attention, with words so powerful that it stirs your very soul. That song for me is Death was Arrested. It is one of the most dynamic songs that I have ever heard, it runs from a straight guitar introduction to the full band crushing a chorus, and there is even an a cappella part in it. As much as I enjoy the dynamics of the band, the words in one of the verses seem to have the ability to pull me out of whatever mess that I am going through and point me straight back to Jesus:
“Our Savior displayed on a criminal’s cross.”
The One who came to set us free from the bondage of Hell was beaten within an inch of His life. They strapped Him to a cross out in front of everyone who passed by on the road into Jerusalem. Jesus did not deserve to be on that cross, but He took it on for you and for me.
“Darkness rejoiced as though heaven had lost.”
I cannot imagine the three days following Jesus’ death. For His family and His disciples, it must have felt like an eternity. But everyone gets to rejoice in the next two lines.
“But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand.”
When Jesus came out of the grave, He did more than just raise from the dead; He brought the chance to escape the bondage that this world and sin keeps you. But that is not all that He brought back with Him. The last line of the verse is so powerful for me.
“That’s when death was arrested, and my life began.”
Jesus did not just give us the opportunity to escape the bondage of sin, but He also gave us the chance to escape the punishment of sin. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death, meaning that the cost of my sin is eternal death in Hell, but Jesus loved us so much that He was put on a cross He did not deserve, and He died. When He came out of the grave, He held our freedom and our chance at eternal life in His hands. I am forever grateful for a Savior who loves me and gave me the chance to live with Him forever.