He's Alive

by Nathan Shrake

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Written as a powerful first person narrative, He's Alive tells the personal story of the Apostle Peter as he deals with the reality of seeing his savior Jesus Christ crucified on the Cross and encountering his empty tomb 3 days later.

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The gates and doors were barred and all the windows fastened down,
I spent the night in sleeplessness and rose at every sound,
Half in hopeless sorrow, half in fear of the day,
Would find the soldiers breaking through to drag us all away.
Then just before the sunrise I heard something at the wall,
The gates began to rattle and a voice began to call,
I hurried to the window and looked down into the street,
Expecting swords and torches and the sound of soldiers feet.

But there was no one there but Mary so I went down to let her in,
John stood there beside me as she told us were she'd been,
She said they moved him in the night and none of us knows where,
Oh, the stones been rolled away and now his body isn't there.
So we both ran to the garden then John ran on ahead,
We found the stone and empty tomb just the way that Mary said,
But the winding sheet they'd wrapped him in was just an empty shell,
And how or where they'd taken him it was more than I could tell.

Something strange had happened there but what I did not know,
John believed a miracle but I just turned to go,
Circumstance and speculation couldn't lift me very high,
Cause I'd seen them crucify him and then I saw him die,
Back inside the house again the guilt and anguish came,
Everything I'd promised him just added to my shame,
When at last it came to choices I denied I knew his name,
So even If he was alive it could never be the same.

Then suddenly the air was filled with a strange and sweet perfume,
Light that came from everywhere drove shadows from the room,
Then Jesus stood before me with his arms held open wide,
And I fell down on my knees and I just clung to him and cried,
Then He raised me to my feet and as I looked into his eyes,
Love was shining out from him like sunlight from the skies,
Guilt and my confusion disappeared in sweet release,
And every fear I'd ever had just melted into peace.
Sweet peace.

He's alive, He's alive, He's alive and I'm forgiven,
Heavens gates are open wide.
He's alive, He's alive, He's alive and I'm forgiven,
Heavens gates are open wide.
He's alive, He's alive, He's alive and I'm forgiven,
Heavens gates are open wide. (Repeat)

He's alive!

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released March 27, 2016
Written by Don Francisco
Arranged by The Gaither Vocal Band
Performance Track by the Gaither Vocal Band
Recorded and Produced at Gateway Music Studios, Santa Ana, CA
Additional Background Vocals: Cody Morgan

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