A very popular saying throughout history is the line, “Death, where is thy sting?” Where did the saying come from? I bet a number of people out there might think it comes from Shakespeare or somewhere similar, but it comes from 1 Corinthians 15:55, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” Grave Robber takes this concept and runs with it. I my humble opinion, no other Christian song is as perfect in reference to our beliefs. The premise of Grave Robber is a song of comfort for those in the Church of God who have lost love ones; so, it pretty much applies to all of the Church of God. In comforting Christians, the song combines 1 Corinthians 15:55, 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 1 Corinthians 15:26, 1 Corinthians 15:54, and 1 Thessalonians 4:16.
What I love about this song is that it is not just a sincere but empty, “Oh, you’re loved ones are in a better place,” kind of sentiment. Grave Robber is a cry of triumph in that our loved ones who have fallen asleep will meet us again at Christ’s Return. Christianity is a walk with God about final victory and we should not strive for instant gratification but for the rewards and crowns we will eventually receive. Grave Robber is a song which reminds us of this concept.
I could not think of any other band which deserves to have their song at the top of the list besides Petra. Bob Hartman is definitely an anointed song writer and this song is no exception. The lyrics of the chorus are a master stroke of writing:
Where is the sting?
Tell me, where is the bite?
When the Grave Robber comes as a thief in the night
Where is the victory?
Where is the prize?
When the Grave Robber comes and death finally dies
How can one not be overcome with happiness when hearing those lyrics? Another thing I have always loved about the song is calling Jesus Christ the Grave Robber. He definitely is the Grave Robber as evidenced in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18: “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”