“What is your only comfort in life and in death?”
For centuries, believers have learned the Christian faith beginning with this first question of the Heidelberg Catechism of 1563. Why start there? Because death is our common fate. Unless Jesus returns first, we will all die. To find comfort in life, we must know how we can face death. Hope comes only in trusting the One who died to take the curse of death and who crushed the power of death by His resurrection. “Christ has been raised from the dead” (1 Cor 15:20). That is the only statement that can transform how we live each day and how we prepare for our earthly life to end.
The hope of the resurrection spurs us to sing. It’s crucial for believers to sing of the resurrection and how these truths can give us hope in the darkest of storms. Sickness, fear, and suffering afflict us all. Yet our hope remains as certain as the empty tomb. There is no need to shrink back from mentioning death in our hymns, because we know the Living One who has conquered death forever. Even in darkness the Christian can sing “Hallelujah” because Christ assures us of our glorious future. Now and ever, we confess: “I am not my own, but belong—body and soul in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Christ Our Hope in Life and Death
Words and Music: Keith Getty, Matt Boswell, Jordan Kauflin, Matt Merker, Matt Papa
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CCLI Number: 7147502