Arise, My love. The grave no longer has a hold on you


Composer: Eddie Carswell
Arranger: David T. Clydesdale

Not a word was heard
at the tomb that day.
Just shuffling of soldiers feet
as they guarded the grave.
One day, two days,
three days had past.
Could it be that Jesus
breathed His last?

Could it be that His Father
had forsaken him?
Turned his back on his son
dispising our sin.
All hell seemed to whisper
“Just forget Him, He’s dead.”
Then the Father looked down
to his son and he said.

Arise, My love.
Arise, My love.
The grave no longer
has a hold on you
No more death’s sting
No more suffering
Arise… Arise… my love.

The Earth trembled
and the tomb began to shake,
and like lightening
from Heaven the stone was rolled away.
And as dead man

the guards they all stood there in fright
As the power of love
displayed its might
Then suddenly a melody
filled the air
Riding wings of wind,
it was everywhere
The words all creation
had been longing to hear
The sweet sound of victory,
so loud and clear.

Arise, my love.
Arise, my love.
The grave no longer has a hold on you.
No more death’s sting
no more suffering
Arise… arise…

Sin, where are your shackles?
Death, where is your sting?
Hell; has been defeated.
The grave could not hold the king.

Arise, My love.
Arise, My love.
The grave no longer
has a hold on you
No more death’s sting
No more suffering
Arise… Arise… Arise

Well dear friends, this is the true meaning of the reason why we celebrate Easter.  We just have to thank Jesus for dying on the cross for us and for Rising on the third day!!! Easter is  not about me, it’s not about you…it’s all about Jesus!!!

Praise God.. the Tomb is empty Death and Hell have been defeated… Jesus IS VICTORIOUS.. Thank you Lord for saving us.  Christ is indeed our everything. To Him be all glory and honour  for taking the sting of death away.. I cant wait  to see you wipe away all tears and suffering and to hear you say to me as in Song of solomon chapter 2:10 “Arise, my (love) darling,   my beautiful one, come with me. Death no longer has a hold on you. No more death sting, no more suffering. Thank you Lord for Easter.

About NewSong the Music Group

This song was written by Eddie Carswell and arranged byDavid T. Clydesdale. Eddie Carswell was part of the original members of the contemporary Christian music group called NewSong which was founded in 1991. The original four members included the current members Eddie Carswell, Billy Goodwin, and former members Eddie Middleton and Bobby Apon.

The original group was founded in 1981, at Morningside Baptist Church in Valdosta, Georgia. They have had eight GMA Dove Award nominations. They are the founders of the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, the United States’ largest annual Christian music tour. It began in 1995, and is hosted by NewSong. It has had many of the most popular Contemporary artists perform each year, including: Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, Anointed, MercyMe, TobyMac and Skillet.

NewSong has frequently provided support for organizations working with abandoned and underprivileged children. For years they worked with World Vision, a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their community to rid them of poverty and injustice. Then in 2006, the band became involved with Holt International, a world leader in child adoption and child welfare.

A couple of thoughts about Easter and the song Arise my Love.

When I was born in 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts were expected to land on the moon any time. They did eventually land two days after I was born on the 20th of July. I was born on the 18th. I am lucky that my father who contemplated to name me Armstrong or Apollo went for his best friend’s name – Austin. Far away in the USA, Richard Nixon got carried away with the whole landing on the moon business. He went on to say that it was the greatest day since creation. Well that’s a pretty big statement! I understand that Billy Graham then reminded him of Christmas and Easter days.

Easter is a sobering moment and time and it is only a day away from today but I am aware that for Christians, every Sunday is Easter. But the resurrection is the core of the Gospel Message. Isn’t it wonderful that around the world people think about the risen Christ for a least one day of the year. It has always been a mystery to me that some believers are more comfortable with the bunny stuff than they are with having a special celebration about the most dramatic day in human history.

I have fallen in love with this song by Eddie Carswell. Just think about these words. Arise, My love. The grave no longer has a hold on you, No more death’s sting, No more suffering, Arise… Arise… Arise.

My memory goes straight to Matthew 28:1-10. There see Mary Magdalene and the other Mary go to see the tomb where Jesus’ dead body was laid in haste, because of the impeding Sabbath. There was a great earthquake, we are told, and an angel of the Lord appeared, rolled back the stone, and sat on it. The appearance of this heavenly creature was so stunning; the guards around the tomb trembled and then froze.

This angel speaks to the women, “Do not be afraid!” Angels always say that. “I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised. Come and see for yourselves, then go and post it on Facebook and Twitter (my translation).” “We would never have known the grave was empty except that the angel rolled back the stone door and showed an empty tomb.”  The angles announce that the resurrection has happened. Jesus has already been raised. The final Word in this story has been spoken.

The women, as they run to tell the disciples this good news, run into Jesus. He says, “Hey you all! How’s it going?” (again, my translation). They fall down to worship him and he too sends them to tell his good friends that he is alive. He is already alive. Something happened. God the Father spoke the last word in what seemed on Friday to be a hopelessly tragic situation. Again, no one in our realm but Jesus heard it.

So what was it? What did God speak that changed everything? What did God say that brought Jesus out of that tomb? I think I can guess. In fact, I believe I can come pretty close to an exact quote. This quote comes from bible study, from knowing how God spoke to Jesus when eyewitnesses did hear that voice. It comes from the way Jesus spoke to the dead while he walked the earth. It also comes from an old song I learned in college, recorded by the group Newsong in 1987. I believe God the Father said to his dead one and only Son: Arise, My love. Arise, My love. The grave no longer has a hold on you. No more death’s sting; No more suffering. Arise…Arise…my love.

The Last Word in this story was a command to rise. It was the command for which all creation had been waiting. It was a command at which the earth trembled and angels were dispatched to bring the good news.

  •  This command reversed the victory of the grave and the sting of death.
  •  This command tore off the very gates of hell and brought God’s only begotten Son out of death into eternal life.
  • This command raised Jesus above every earthly power as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, at whose name every knee in heaven and on earth and under the earth will bow, and one day every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

The Last Word spoken by God the Father in this story of God the Son made flesh in Jesus Christ, born, living, and cruelly murdered, was “Arise!”

We not only celebrate on this day that God raised Jesus from the dead. We also celebrate that because He lives, we shall live also. All of us who have been baptized into Christ, Paul writes to the Romans, have been baptized into his death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. If we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. All who are joined to Christ will share in his resurrection (Romans 6:1-11). What does this all mean? At our point of death, God speaks the same: “Arise, my love. Death no longer has a hold on you.”

For those we love who have died, God speaks the same Word: “Arise, my love.”

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