I listened to this song a few times this morning and it reminded me of a couple of key facts that set the Christian hope above all others. Firstly, this hope has its origin and driving force in what is sometimes known as Love. This Love defines both life and death. It is most perfectly demonstrated both in the life of the triune God and in his death on the cross.
In life, Love compels us to direct our strength, our mind, our heart and our soul, not for our own interests but for those of others. Love, by definition is the opposite of self interest. Love creates and honours boundaries that preserve the good of the other that it lives to celebrate. Love loves justice… for the other, Love liberates… the other. When Love is present, life flourishes. And so we see that Love is death (of many kinds) for the life of another.
The death of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, on the cross, was an expression of Love at its height. The ultimate in substitution – a death of many kinds for the lives of all who will receive. The unique nature of this death, and the resurrection that followed, are just two of a myriad of signs that a new order has begun where death has been utterly conquered. A new order where all things are being made new and all that works against life is humbled.
Because of Christ who has overcome, and conquered death, we who love him can continue our war against all that opposes life with the most powerful force known to man, and the only weapon that we have, Love. In the face of hate, we must Love. In the face of fear, we must Love. In the face of murder, we must Love. We Love because death is not the final word; we have come to the city of the Living God where the Lamb who has overcome, and conquered death, is seated on the throne above every force in heaven and on earth.