Each of the articles in this resource reflects on a piece of music to explore the meaning of the Cross and the Resurrection.

"Ain't No Grave" - Johnny Cash

"Ain't No Grave" - Bethel Music & Molly Skaggs


The lyrics of this song and its verses vary in

different renditions, but the most common

refrain is:

Ain’t no grave gonna hold my body down,

Ain’t no grave gonna hold my body down.

When I hear that trumpet sound,

I’m gonna get up out of the ground,

Ain’t no grave gonna hold my body down.

Also called “There Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My

Body Down,” “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body

Down,” and “Can’t No Grave Hold My Body Down”

A traditional gospel song


• What’s your reaction to the triumphant confidence of “Ain’t

No Grave”? What images, thoughts, or feelings does the song

bring to mind for you?

• Read the accounts of Jesus’ interactions with Mary (John

20:11–18), Thomas (John 20:24–29), his followers on the

Emmaus Road (Luke 24:13–35), and the disciples (Luke

24:36–49). What details do you notice in these accounts,

especially about the resurrected Christ?

• What do you imagine the people in these accounts felt or

wondered? What do you observe in their reactions to Jesus?

• Read 1 Corinthians 15. Paul directly connects Christ’s resurrection

with our future resurrection. Why is belief “in the

resurrection of the dead” (in the Apostles’ Creed) essential

in Christian faith?

• What does Jesus’ resurrection reveal about him? What does

it reveal about his kingdom?

• As you reflect on all you’ve read and studied regarding

Jesus’ death and resurrection, what themes or ideas has God

most drawn your attention to? How is the Spirit leading you

to respond?

This study is from "The Wondrous Cross: Reflections on Christ’s Sacrifice Drawn from the Songs and Hymns of Easter"

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