Many of you who read this occasional blog know that I write hymns. This hymn begins on Good Friday with the crucifixion but takes a journey that ends on Easter Day. It is partly built on a line from Gerard Kelly about Jesus choosing to be ‘weak in power’ as he faced the cross. There is an original tune which you can find here.The desolate Messiah dies spreadeagled on the cross: unwanted by the earth he made, Death’s trophy to the world displayed and, as the final scene is played, all hope is lost. The disregarded Christ hangs high as nations turn away. How can a king be weak in power and leave earth in its crisis hour? And how will liberation flower or Death give way? Yet silently, as morning breaks, the risen Lord is found. A battle fought beyond the grave has ended with a shout: ‘He saves!’ and Life walks from a borrowed cave, now holy ground. Beneath the shadow of his cross the Church of Christ must stand, and hold a holy mystery: that death means life at Calvary and grace has won the victory for all the world.
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