Death Arrested

October 29, 2021

Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Peter 1

One writes, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake” (1Peter 1:18-20).

Another leader emphasizes, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

His next thought follows precisely, “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 5:6-10).

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Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin
Lost without hope with no place to begin
Your love Made a way to let mercy come in
When death was arrested and my life began…

A group of contemporary followers set redemption’s truth into music. “Thank you,” to the disciples who published, as North Point Worship in 2017, “Death is Arrested.”

Oh, Your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with You
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with You

Released from my chains I’m a prisoner no more
My shame was a ransom He faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and He called me His friend
When death was arrested and my life began.

Life Applications

What part of redemption’s story calls to you?

Are there other songs which enhance your understanding of redemption?

If you were challenged to write a song celebrating redemption which images would you use? William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921), using the poetic words of Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915), crafted another song which is available online at www.hymnal.net. “Redeemed how I love to repeat it, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.”

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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