Friday, January 21, 2011

In Christ Alone

The modern hymn, In Christ Alone, by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. I love this song. We sing this in church. I love how it captures the soul's ultimate delight in being Christ's own, regardless of the external turmoils of this world. I love how it narrates the life and work of Jesus Christ, and how His finished work on the cross has brought so much hope and joy to those who know Him. This is what Christianity is about—not a set of hard-bound rules, but an intimate, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

This song tells my story, and I'd love to have this sung in my funeral. Because, really, what can be a better assurance than knowing I will be the Christ after I breathe my last?

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
Fulness 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 every 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 power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

(This is the original version).



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