Love Was in the Room

As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.  Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.  Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.  Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

  • Matthew 27:57-61

Two years ago, I wrote a post called “Holy Saturday.” At the end of that post, I copied the words for a song by Bill Gaither, Then Came the Morning.  This song was a big hit for Guy Penrod.  My wife likes Guy Penrod, but I have no idea why…

The song has two verses.  The first explores the mindset of the disciples.  What was going to happen next?  They never understood what Jesus was talking about when He said that He had to die.  Now that He had, besides grieving over the loss of the man they had followed for three years, they wondered what would happen next.  What was in their future?  They were afraid.

The second verse is from the mindset of Mary, according to the composer.  She had seen the angel.  She knew the birth was a virgin birth, but what went wrong?  This could not be the end.

But, then came the morning.  I was listening to the Booth Brothers the other day, and the song, Love Was in the Room, seems to take that next step.  On Saturday, there was so much fear and confusion, then came the morning.  In the morning, an angel rolled the stone away.  Jesus has risen.  The ladies came with their spices and found the stone rolled away and darkness inside, but then the love of God entered and filled every corner of the room.

But notice the second verse.  The song turns from a tomb nearly 2,000 years ago to the darkness within each of us.  Before we accept Jesus, we have a stone blocking the entrance to our heart, in the poetic language of the composer, but the Holy Spirit rolls the stone away, making us vulnerable.  What could possibly be the reason for our vulnerability?  God’s love.  So many reject it, because they do not understand it.  But when we realize how badly we need God’s love, we accept it.

Whether you accept Jesus or not, God is still in the room.  He knows your heart.

It’s your choice.  You are vulnerable.  You cannot do it on your own, as much as you’ve tried.  You cling to the edge of the stone that had protected you, but deep inside, you know that there is no solace there.  Will you accept Jesus?  Will you allow Jesus to enter and fill every corner of your room with His light, the light that chases away the darkness?

“It was early in the morning
And a stillness filled the garden where He lay
Then the ground shook with power
As the angel came and rolled the stone away
All the glory of the Living God
Broke through to the darkness of the tomb
And the love of the Father
Came and filled every corner of the room

“Love was in the room
And new life was born where only death had been
Love was in the room
And death and hell would never reign again
When the glory of the Living God
Broke through to the darkness of the tomb
The earth was filled with His beauty
And love was in the room

“I was trapped in sin and weakness
Sinking ever deeper day by day
Then the blessed Holy Spirit
Came to touch my heart and roll the stone away
All the glory of the Living God
Broke through to the darkness of the tomb
And the love of the Father
Came and filled every corner of my room

“Love was in the room
And new life was born where only death had been
Love was in the room
And now death and hell would never reign again
When the glory of the Living God
Broke through to the darkness of the tomb
The earth was filled with His beauty
And love was in the room
When the glory of the Living God
Broke through to the darkness of the tomb
The earth was filled with His beauty
And love was in the room

“Love was in the room
Love was in the room
Love was in the room”

  • Bill Gaither, Love Was in the Room

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. atimetoshare.me April 11, 2020 — 7:29 pm

    Beautiful. Happy Easter, Mark.

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