Jesus’ atoning sacrifice means that He paid for our sin, and we won’t taste death as a result. When God ends this whole thing, we will all be changed, in the twinkling of an eye.
“Into Exile” is a dirge, but one that glimmers with hope, because this is not the end. Despite our faithlessness, God remains faithful, and will provide us with a new, better home.
“Nowhere Else” is about the tension between the constant tugging of the world on your shirt tail versus the overpowering conviction from the Holy Spirit that Jesus is indeed the Son of God, and His way is the only way that we can go. It is a call for us to surrender.
Revelation 21 was the inspiration for “Gate & Stairs” – the final outcome of these wrongs being put right. As my wife & I have wept many times over the pain of death, we have read the promise of God in the end: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
“The Preparing” is at its core a story of heartache and sorrow. It is nostalgic for how things used to be but that are no more.
The song itself reflects the structure of creation and the story of God’s redemption slowly becoming clear, more full in its revelation as time progresses. The beginning lacks form, cohesion. As time progresses, we see the plan that was there all along.
I chose glockenspiels and a fairly synth-y pad to represent Christ in “Atlantic”. Paul’s description of Christ feels to me so clear and precise that bells felt natural. The pad sound I chose was an attempt to convey the idea that Christ – while eternally the same – is also always revealing Himself in different ways. In other words, always changing yet never changing.
“The Red Cabinet” was born from Jesus’ caring words in John 19 to his mother and to John, the disciple whom He loved. He takes the time, at that most desperate hour, to assure those around Him that He has not forgotten about them. He will provide for them, and they are not beyond His sight.
In this song, we begin on the scene with the man who, as he digs, finds a great treasure hidden in a field. There is joy, but there is nervous restraint. What if someone else finds this? What can I do to ensure that I can lay hold of this prize? He covers it up, knowing he will return to retrieve it when he rightfully owns the field.
The presence of the Lord should awe us and inspire us to action for His glory. This is why we began the record with “Approaching”. It is our “call to worship”, so to speak.
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