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How Can it Be?

To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”  Ephesians 3:8 ESV

The unsearchable riches of Christ!    To the very least, grace is given to preach of these riches.  To the least of the least, grace is given to learn and receive such riches, as to be called “unsearchable.”   How can it be?

In one of my favourite “Easter” hymns (which is certainly appropriate on any given day of the year), Charles Wesley struggles with this paradox.  Why should I gain from Christ’s death?  Me, who by my nature, caused His pain?  How can it be?

Sometimes, the intensity and theology of the older songs are overlooked with a glance.  So, I spaced the verses apart for easier viewing.  Take your time and read each verse.   Meditate on the magnificent riches we’ve gained through Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself.

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And Can it Be?

 by Charles Wesley

 

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain-
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace-
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray-
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee!
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

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Love, mercy, freedom, righteousness, eternal life.  These are ours in abundance because Jesus emptied Himself of all but Love, for Adam’s helpless race….Us…Me. 

A beautiful version of this song is uploaded in the Blue Music Box to the right, from Together For the Gospel, an album recorded and produced by Sovereign Grace Music.    Worship in awe, and wonder…how can it be?

A Sacrifice of Praise

“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips that give thanks to His name.”  Hebrews 13:15

Hymns, songs, and spiritual songs are sacrifices of praise we can continually offer to the Lord in honour and thanksgiving for His personal sacrifice for us!  Charles Wesley wrote over 5000  hymns, so even if no one else wrote a single song, Wesley leaves us no shortage of offerings to the Lord!  Here’s one that compliments the verse above and the last post on sacrifices, Save the Bulls.

 

Arise, My Soul, Arise

Arise, my soul, arise; shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding sacrifice in my behalf appears:
Before the throne my surety stands…
My name is written on His hands.

He ever lives above, for me to intercede;
His all redeeming love, His precious blood, to plead:
His blood atoned for all our race…
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

Five bleeding wounds He bears; received on Calvary;
They pour effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me:
‘Forgive him, O forgive,’ they cry…
‘Nor let that ransomed sinner die!’

The Father hears Him pray, His dear anointed One;
He cannot turn away, the presence of His Son;
His Spirit answers to the blood…
And tells me I am born of God.

My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear;
He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear:
With confidence I now draw nigh…
And ‘Father, Abba, Father,’ cry!

 

If you’d like to hear an updated version of this hymn, I’ve added one to the blue Music Box to the right. It’s another great one from the CD, Indelible Grace, by Christ Community and Reformed University Fellowship at Belmont University (the same group that sings my favourite version of “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus.”)

Check out more of their music and CDs here:    http://www.igracemusic.com/