In the midst of writing for my upcoming EP, I took a bit of a detour and something else entirely emerged…
As this song took shape, I began to see it as more of a cross-focused piece. Its purpose is to build into that tension of the final hours of Christ’s life. It is meant to be one big crescendo, wherein we want so much to burst into that “HE IS RISEN” moment, but we don’t go there yet! Instead, we remain held in that moment of reflecting and remembering the gruesomely scandalous, paradoxically beautiful act of grace. We are meant to feel the weight of Christ’s work, accomplished through pain, suffering, and death. It is indeed a “Good Friday” song, and I’m honored to have it included in the service tonight at Redeemer. Come hear it live if you can!!
In the meantime, here’s a scratch audio recording . Lyrics are below.
It Is Finished
Words & Music Caitelen Schneeberger
See the God-man / In the garden / Calling “Abba”
The cold set in / his weary friends / could not keep watch
his hands, they were open
And his heart willed to obey
So they took him / and they struck him down
And they mocked him/ with a thorny crown
But his hands remained open
Praying, “Father forgive them”
Betrayed with an unholy kiss
Our curse became his heaviness
The Father’s wrath upon his only son
They pierced his side, blood and water flowed
His body torn, they laid him low
The sky went black, but darkness had not won
It is finished! It is finished!
Hallelujah! It is finished!
It is finished!