We asked Stephen Cole, one of our worship pastors, to share the heart behind Life.Church Worship’s new song, Death of Death. Here’s what he wrote about how the power of Resurrection Sunday inspired the newest EP.
Recently, our family moved into a new house with a front yard that had zero grass. It was ugly, hard to look at, and it lacked life. My wife and I wanted to fix it, so we raked the ground, planted new seed, covered it with good soil, and watered it every day. The result wasn’t instant, but after a month of watering and caring for the yard, we saw the smallest bit of grass. In the next few weeks, our grass came in—full and green.
So, why am I telling you this story? Because we were that barren ground. And it was Christ who came and covered the dirt of our past mistakes and made it beautiful again by His resurrection. It’s the reason the story of Jesus has never gone away. In a world full of social media moments that come and go, the Gospel has not disappeared. It has continued to grow and is creating new life all over the world.
One day as I was driving, I began thinking about all the failures, addictions, and mistakes in my life. I became overwhelmed by the weight of my sin and the ultimate consequence—death.
Romans 6:23 NLT says it clearly, “For the wages of sin is death …”
As I sat in my car that day, I began processing the grace of God. I just sang out the line “It was the death of death when You rose to life” and immediately began to weep. I realized in that moment that Jesus’ death and resurrection was the full payment for any sin and brokenness represented in my life. In a beautiful twist, death was defeated by Jesus’ death on cross.
The second part of Romans 6:23 brings us Good News:
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 NLT
In one moment, all of those mistakes, failures, and addictions were blotted out by the blood of Jesus. On that Resurrection Sunday, our lives were forever changed because we now have the opportunity to experience freedom through Jesus.
So in light of Easter, I hope you remember where you came from and what you have been saved from. This song is a constant reminder to me of the love I didn’t deserve yet was given to me.
It was the greatest gift,
Your life for mine.
Fear is finished,
my future bright.
You gave it all,
my heart the prize.
It was the death of death, and my victory.