“Good Day to Die” is about Jesus’ prayer in the garden of Gethsemane, which was just prior to his arrest and crucifixion (I get this was likely the day before he was crucified – there is a reason I’m not a pastor or master theologian 🙂 ).
“Were You There?” is an old hymn, an old African American spiritual song (or so Wikipedia says – I just love the song), I think a beautiful telling of Jesus’ death from the perspective of onlookers – likely those who knew him well and loved him. It’s a sad song. I chose to remove the last verse, “Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?”, to sort of capture the feeling of loss, pain, confusion that likely went through the minds of those who were his disciples…..
“Who Will Roll Away the Stone?” is an instrumental I wrote, trying to capture the feeling that Mary Magdalene might have been feeling when she went to anoint her Lord. She asked, ‘But who will roll away the stone for us?”. And it was already rolled away. And our Lord was already risen from the dead – Praise God!
I ended this song with a passage from John 15:
“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”
This is a wonderful promise, that Jesus leaves us with the Holy Spirit. That he has known us from the beginning, from before we were born. God is so good…..
Anyway – I hope you enjoy this little ditty. I hope God finds you well. I pray that if you don’t yet know the Lord you might ponder just what it means when Jesus says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever chooses shall not perish but have eternal life”.
God bless you!