Death to Life

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Yesterday we introduced the song “Death to Life”.  I love this song for a number of reasons, but I especially liked it in the context of yesterday’s sermon on Mark 2:18-3:6, specifically for its second verse.  There are plenty of us who can relate to the repentance and restoration story of the prodigal son in the first verse, but I think, for the majority of us, we have been called from the death of religious pride – “white washed tombs” – to a life of freedom in Christ by His grace alone.  Like the Pharisees, we were actually at war with God through our religious, legalistic attempts to find Him until Jesus came and offered a way out of our own futile efforts.

“Death to Life”
By Joe Day & Nate Garvey

I was the prodigal son
I was hell-bound on my own
I was the wandering sheep
Till you came and rescued me

You are my redemption
You are my salvation
You called me out from death to life
You beckoned me from dark to light
Who am I that you have rescued me

I was a white-washed tomb
Sinful even in the womb
I was at war with you
Till you came and made me new

You are my redemption
You are my salvation
You called me out from death to life
You beckoned me from dark to light

I breathe because Your word is life
You guide me with Your shining light
Redeem my heart, my fallen glory
And let me tell your wondrous story

You are my redemption
You are my salvation
You called me out from death to life
You beckoned me from dark to light
Who am I that you have rescued me

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