Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nothing Equals Everything

Each year, my parents go to the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.  They love it!  All those wonderful groups and singers, acquaintances they have come to know and of course the songs!  Each year, I ask for two things.  First, any new cd by the trio Greater Vision.  They are my favorite group (that still sings).  The other thing I ask for is the Singing News Fan Awards Top Ten Southern Gospel Songs of (the current year).

Today was the first day I was able to listen to these songs.  These songs are picked by the fans of Southern Gospel music.  Each song that comes on makes me think of something I never thought of before.  The first one that stands out is called When They Found Nothing by Legacy Five.   This song starts at the crucifixion and has a powerful message.

When They Found Nothing

They watched as soldiers
nailed their Savior to a tree;
They witnessed all the anguish, the agony.
They waited for His Father to rescue Him but then
He cried out, “It is finished” – He
knew it was the end.
The stone that sealed the tomb, fin’llysealed their fate,
For all their hopes now laid within that borrowed grave.
And left with only questions, they pondered all He said;
But answers didn’t matter – for now
their Lord was dead.
They began their final walk to say one last goodbye;
But when they reached the tomb
They could not believe their eyes.
When they found nothing,
They found EV’RYTHING!
In an empty tomb they realized
What Christ Himself prophesied;
That death could never hold their King.
When they found nothing
They found EV’RYTHING!
Oh, Hallelujah! He is Risen!
Hallelujah! Praise the Lamb!
Who conquered Death and Hell
Who died and rose again!
What an amazing story.  The disciples and followers of Christ were dejected, frustrated, and afraid.  But think about it, when the went to the tomb, they found nothing, and that means everything to us!  It opened their eyes to what Christ had been saying to them all along.  Praise God!  What a fantastic message!

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