Love crucified, arose

I first came across this song when I was a teenager, looking for a song item for the school Christian Fellowship to perform at our annual interschool gathering.

It  crept back on the tip of my tongue again yesterday afternoon as DD and I were doodling with crayons after waking up from a nap.
Twenty years on, the lyrics of the song still stir up the same emotions and admiration it once did in the heart and mind of that young Christian schoolgirl so long ago.

The empty tomb Christ left behind, made the grave a place of hope, so that we might truly live life. And live it to the fullest.

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What I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. ~1 Corinthians 15:3,4

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Long ago He blessed the earth
Born older than the years
And in the stall, a cross He saw
Through the first of many tears
A life of homeless wandering
Cast out in sorrow’s way
The Shepherd seeking for the lost
His life the price He’d pay

Chorus:
Love crucified, arose
The Risen One in splendour
Jehovah’s soul-defender
Has won the victory!

Love crucified, arose
And the grave became a place of hope
For the heart that sin and sorrow broke
Is beating once again!

Throughout Your life, You felt the weight
Of what You’d come to give
To drink for us that crimson cup
So we might really live
At last, the time to love and die –
The dark appointed day
That one forsaken moment when
Your Father turned His face away

Love Crucified, Arose – by Michael Card

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