The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: Christian Paganism*

Consider the Lilies

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Saviour of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon him

One final breath he gave
As heaven looked away
The son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

kari-jobeThe lyrics above are taken from Kari Jobe’s song “Forever” (2014), which is popular at Good Friday and Easter services. Biblically, they make no sense. “The moon and stars” didn’t weep when Jesus died. He isn’t “the morning sun” either. Finally, no “battle” raged in “the grave” and no “war on death was waged” after Jesus died. He said “it is finished” from the cross, a shout of victory (John 19:30). Jesus won the war against sin, death, and hell…

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