By His Grace, Yes It Can Be!

April 2, 2010


I’ve been chewing on the lines of my favorite song in the hymn book.  In this song Charles Wesley captured the wonder and amazement we all experience as we think about God’s saving grace in our lives.  We will be singing the song on Easter Sunday.  Give the song some thought and sign it powerfully when we gather! 

There are four parts…

Part 1 – The Culpability of the Sinner

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?

It helps me to understand those lyrics when I read them like this…
Died he for me?, (the one) who caused his pain?
For me?, (the one) who him to death pursued?

Wesley counted himself among the Pharisees who pursued him to death and the Romans who caused his pain driving in the nails.  Amazing. 

Part 2 – The Saving Incarnation and Work of Christ

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?

The grace and mercy of Jesus are “infinite” and “immense” on the one hand, and very specific, narrowing to the individual Christian on the other hand.

“It found out me.”  The mercy of Jesus found out me.  Think of it in terms of a game of hide and seek.  You seek out the person hiding.  I think that’s what Wesley means.  He was hiding in the darkness.  God sought him out.  God came seeking by His grace, and succeeded!

Part 3 – The Spirit’s Creation of a Christian

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?

“I rose!!!”  Christ is the firstfruits of the resurrection.  He is risen, and he brings us back from the dead using the light of his laserbeam grace!  We were dead, but by the quickening ray from his gracious eye, he makes us alive!

Part 4 – The New Life and Worship of a Christian

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?

And now we are united with Chirst!

How about following this link and singing this song of praise to God right now!?!?!

~Jeff

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