I love to sing. A song well versed can convey the deepest range of human emotions. And so, when I am happy, I sing. When I am sad, I sing, not for the benefit of those around me, but simply because I can’t imagine life without music. For me, music is the anecdote for my weary soul. I love all kinds of music, but when I sing, it is mostly hymns. Singing hymns makes the daily rituals of house-wifery worshipful. Few hymns fill my soul with the sheer wonderment of what Christ has done for me like this one does.
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?
Seriously? Can this really be true? But if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, right? No, not this time. The God of the universe chose to die for me in the person of His son Jesus Christ. This is the essence of The Good News. This is what we call The Gospel. The Word became flesh. He lived among us. God became like me, was tempted, tired, and overwhelmed. But He never stumbled. He never fell. He never resolved to do better next time, only to fall short again.
He lived perfectly, loved perfectly, and fulfilled the law perfectly. He did everything that I could never do. And then He stood in the great courtroom of heaven, before the great Judge of the universe, accused of every immoral, impure thought I’d ever had or deed I’d ever done, and plead guilty. Guilty?
How can it be?
It should have been me. I, the sinner, separated from God and without hope in this world, because the wages of sin is death…
How can it be? That Thou my God shouldst die for me?
…but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ my Lord…
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.
Free! Free from sin. Free from fear. Free from the darkness of my own mind. Free from the past and free for the future. When the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.
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 the eternal throne, and claim the crown through Christ my own.
I do not fear! I know whose I am and I know where I’m bound. I enter boldly into the throne room of God Almighty, because I can. Because I must. I ask for grace and I ask for help, because I need it. Oh, God knows how I need it.
Amazing love! How can it be? That Thou my God shouldst die for me!
1. Hymn lyrics, selected from “And Can It Be, That I Should Gain?” by Charles Wesley, 1738
2. John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us…” (NASB)
3. Ephesians 2:12 “remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.” (NIV)
4. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NASB)
5. John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (NIV)
6. Hebrews 4:15-16 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (NIV)