Death In His Grave by John Mark McMillan

I was talking to my friend, Kyle, about John Mark and how I wish that I could write music like him. His lyrics are biblical, yet unique and always heart-wrenching. His sound is simple, yet dynamic, subtly utilizing so many great instruments  that really complement his voice and add so much depth to his songs.

I really like the chorus on Death In His Grave and how, again, it is so biblical, poetic and profound. McMillan helps us stop and think about some of the many facets of the gospel and that our Creator and King humbled himself and became a man, but not just a man, a man that knew no sin, yet was looked at as a criminal and bore the sin of the world on a cross.

Though the earth cried out for blood
Satisfied her hunger was
Her billows calmed on raging seas
for the souls on men she craved

Sun and moon from balcony
Turned their head in disbelief
Their precious love would taste the sting
disfigured and disdained

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a King
Laid down in grief
But awoke with the keys
To hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The Man Jesus Christ
Laid death in his grave

So three days in darkness slept
The morning sun of righteousness
But rose to shame the throes of death
And over turn his rule

Now daughters and the sons of men
Would pay not their dues again
The debt of blood they owed was rent
When the day rolled a new

He has cheated
Hell and seated
Us above the fall
In desperate places
He paid our wages
One time once and for all

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