The song “Risen” off of our “Knowing Jesus” project was 1 of the 2 original group writing sessions we did. John, Jamie, Laura, and Phillip camped out in my playroom and studied the 4 gospel accounts of Jesus’ resurrection. After a while, they had a pre-chorus section and a few different chorus ideas. The “come and see, the tomb is empty, He is risen” was the first section written.
We knew we wanted minor verses, major choruses. We also decided that we wanted the mood to carry over from “It Is Finished” before it. We wanted to convey at the beginning a sense of hopelessness and confusion. So the song starts out with just pad and vocal. Was the cross the end? Now what? We wanted people to experience what the disciples must have felt.
The rest of the song is a rowdy celebration of the power over death found in Jesus’ resurrection.