Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hymn-ful Sundays! "In Christ alone"

This week's hymn is pretty new as far as hymns go. (It was written in 2001.) It's one of my favourites nevertheless.

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.
-Keith Getty & Stuart Townsend

This hymn describes the Christian life: our hope is found in Christ, and nothing can separate us from Him. It tells us of the fullness and the significance of Jesus' life here on earth, and how it relates to our adoption as God's children.

Every time I hear those two lines "No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man / Can ever pluck my from His hand" it hits me, in true Romans 8:38-39 fashion:
"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Be blessed and shine in Christ alone!

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