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I'll Race You To The Tomb

Updated: Feb 24, 2022

I'll Race You To The Tomb song and lyrics by Karl Kohlase.

Can you picture being present when Jesus arrived, having been raised from the dead? You could have an idea, but you'll never know for certain how you'd react if someone approached you with it. I seriously doubt that anyone who were present would have predicted their reaction to the resurrection if they had been asked!

In a way, we are all competing in a race to the tomb, or to the grave, as we prefer to refer to it these days. Because life is short, make the most of it. We are in a footrace to the tomb, and some of us will get there first, while others will be last. Let's face it, some of us have a leg up on the competition! Only God knows how many days you have left on this planet. However, because Jesus resurrected from the dead on Easter Sunday, you no longer have to be afraid of death. Jesus overcame sin and death so that you would be able to rise with him in the future.

What Exactly Is A Tomb?

A tomb is a dwelling, chamber, or vault that is used to store the remains of the dead. The original goal of a tomb was to preserve the dead and to give the departed with a place to live in the hereafter that was supplied with all of the requirements. Tombs are said to have developed as a result of the prehistoric tradition of burying the dead in their houses. In the end, tombs were replaced with cemeteries and burial urns, and the practice of constructing tombs was phased out during the Renaissance period. The pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India, the Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty in China, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and the Prophet's Mosque in Medina are just a few of the world's most famous tombs.

What Does It Mean To Race Someone?

To race someone means to compete against someone or something in order to see who can run faster or the quickest, complete something first, or do something else first; to participate in a race or races

Two days of desperation,

The darkest days that they had ever known;

The sun would not shine for them.

There in their darkened chamber

A ray of light rode in upon these words:

Our Savior is risen.

And their minds were filled with questions,

Their hearts with new found hope.

On your mark, get set, let's go

I'll race you to the tomb, I'll race you to the tomb.

And their minds were filled with questions,

Their hearts with new found hope.

On your mark, get set, let's go

I'll race you to the tomb, I'll race you to the tomb.

And your mind is filled with questions,

Your heart with new found hope.

On your mark, get set, let's go

I'll race you to the tomb, I'll race you to the tomb.

So put an end to all of your questions,

'Cause there's hope enough for you

There at the empty tomb.

I'll race you to the tomb.

Words and Easter Music by Karl Kohlhase

© 2000 karl kohlhase

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Story Behind This Song

(Read John 20:1-9 for more information.)

Have you ever attempted to put yourself in the shoes of the disciples to see how they felt? They had invested all of their hopes and aspirations in this Jesus, and now He was no longer alive to fulfill them (or so they thought). When Mary Magdalene reported that the tomb was empty on that first Easter morning, Peter and John hurried to the ground to find out what she was talking about. It was only after Peter had come that he observed the empty tomb, which convinced him that Jesus had risen from the dead. Remember, he hadn't even met Jesus yet; he'd just seen the tomb. As a guarantee for our faith, we still have an empty tomb to look forward to. This is something that no other religious leader can provide. This is due to the fact that Jesus was more than just a religious leader or prophet. God's eternal Son, Jesus Christ, was and continues to be—the Word become human!