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Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin
Lost without hope with no place to begin
Your love Made a way to let mercy come in
When death was arrested and my life began

Ash was redeemed only beauty remains
My orphan heart was given a name
My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance
When death was arrested and my life began

Oh, Your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with You
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with You

Released from my chains I’m a prisoner no more
My shame was a ransom He faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and He called me His friend
When death was arrested and my life began

Oh, Your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with You
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with You

Our savior displayed on a criminal’s cross
Darkness rejoiced as though heaven had lost
But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
That’s when death was arrested and my life began

Oh, Your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with You
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with You

Oh, we’re free, free
Forever we’re free
Come join the song
Of all the redeemed
Yes, we’re free free
Forever amen
When death was arrested and my life began

Oh, we’re free, free
Forever we’re free
Come join the song
Of all the redeemed
Yes, we’re free free
Forever amen
When death was arrested and my life began

When death was arrested and my life began
When death was arrested and my life began

Songwriters: Ryan Heath Balltzglier / Adam Kersh / Paul Taylor Smith / Brandon Coker
Death Was Arrested lyrics © Music Services, Inc

North Point’s band InsideOut wrote and first recorded this song in early 2015. Since then it has gradually taken on a life of its own, growing in popularity in churches across the country and around the world. As a result, many Listeners are not only familiar with this song, but already love it. And with this new, fresh recording, I believe we’ll only continue to see it grow in popularity. Not just at Easter, but throughout the year.

"Your love made a way to let mercy come in, When death was arrested and my life began."

This song was originally inspired by their drummer, Brandon Coker. While he was visiting his uncle in Georgia. "I came across a gigantic cemetery, and one tombstone in particular caught my eye. It said, 'Here rests what was mortal of Samuel Burr, age 42. In search of health far from his endeared home, death arrested his progress on the 2nd of April 1831. Quietly he fell asleep in the Christian hope of immortality and glory forever.’...The tombstone said, 'Death arrested his progress,' so we started thinking about that. We realized that death did not arrest Samuel Burr on April 2, 1831, but in fact Jesus arrested death for Samuel Burr on April 2, 1831. Christ arrested death for him when he breathed his last breath.”

"Something about that tombstone was really sobering," reflected fellow songwriter Paul Taylor Smith. "We realized the potential and thought maybe our song could redefine what it means to trust Jesus. We soon saw that it could not only redefine spiritual death but also physical death, because death cannot separate us from the love of God. We wanted to communicate that salvation is much more than simply praying a prayer, but rather it is complete transformation. We started to think about all the things that occur when we trust Jesus”


(coming soon)