CCM Classics for Easter: Keith Green, The Victor

Today’s song is perhaps my absolute favorite in my entire Easter playlist…, it may be the reason I even have an Easter playlist…!  Keith Green’s The Victor, and the Second Chapter of Acts’ Easter Song convinced me that contemporary songs have just as much a place in celebrating Easter as the classic hymns we sing in church!

I had the joy and privilege of attending a concert by Keith Green in 1977, just shortly after his first album, For Him Who Has Ears was released.  I’ve been a diehard fan of contemporary Christian music ever since…  Keith’s album For Him Who Has Ears was the second Christian album I ever purchased.

Keith’s never been equalled.  His passion, his absolutely astounding piano playing… what a gift his music was and is to the Body of Christ.  One of his best songs is The Victor, from his second album, No Compromise, released in 1978

Here’s a video of Keith performing the song live in Colorado in 1978:

I’ve posted the lyrics to the song below, following a short excerpt from St. John Chrysostom’s famous Easter sermon, which matches the passion, triumph and excitement of Keith’s song… albeit written many centuries earlier!

Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!
Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;
for Christ having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!

***

The lyrics to Keith Green’s The Victor:
descentamongthedead

Swallowed into earth’s dark womb
Death has triumphed, That’s what they say
But try to hold Him in the tomb
The Son of Life rose on the third day

Just look
The gates of hell
They’re falling!
Crumbling from the inside out
He’s bursting through
The walls with laughter (Hah!)
Listen to the angels shout

It is finished
He has done it
Life conquered death
Jesus Christ
Has won it!

His plan of battle
You know it fooled them all
They led Him off to prison to die
But as He entered Hades hall
He broke those hellish chains with a cry

Just listen to those demons screaming
See Him bruise the serpent’s head
The prisoners of Hell
He’s redeeming (Oh!)
All the power of death is dead

Art Credit: Christ’s Descent among the Dead

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