He's Alive
by Don Francisco, 1996

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
and half in fear the day
would find the soldiers breaking through
to drag us all away

And just before the sunrise
I heard something at the wall
the gate 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

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

Something strange had happened there
just what I didn't know
John believed a miracle
but I just turned to go
circumstance and speculation
didn'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
and even if He was alive,
it wouldn't be the same

Suddenly the air was filled
with a strange and sweet perfume
Light that came from everywhere
drove shadows from the room
Jesus stood before me
with His arms held open wide
and I fell down on my knees
and I just clung on Him and cried
He raised me to my feet
and as I looked into His eyes
love was shining out from them
like sunlight from the skies
guilt and my confusion
disappeared in sweet release
and every fear I'd ever had
just melted into peace

He's alive, He's alive, He's alive
and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates

He's alive, He's alive, He's alive
and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are opened wide

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