2017-03-07 - In Christ Alone
I really love the power of a song that tells a story. There are a number of folk songs and hymns that tell Biblical stories. These lyrics lock details of these moments into my mind like nothing else. I was flipping through some a capella music and found this song which has griped me. I originally thought it was a classical hymn from centuries ago that I had somehow missed. The truth is the song was written by two gentlemen in 2001 - in this century.
There are several singers who have performed this song, some with musicians playing with them, and a few singing without accompaniment. One that I found was one person recording his voice in four different parts and then overlaying the four tracks together. All are different takes on the lyrics with different pace and feeling.
The lyrics themselves touch so many points of scripture. If the verses that could be applied to each line were noted I think they page would be covered with references. The points that are touched by each phrase touch the comfort and strength of the believer's relationship with Christ and Jesus' birth, death and resurrection on our behalf. His victory over death and sin is recorded in passionate words. Jesus; blood washing every sin and stain from each one who names Jesus' the Christ as their Savior and Lord.
From Stuart Townsend on the writing of the lyrics:
The only thing I could think was to base it on the eternal theme of the life, death and resurrection of Christ. The verses came in a fairly linear way, but as the third verse developed, I was getting pretty excited as I thought about the amazing implications of Christ's finished work on the cross. I wanted to write a fourth verse that was about us - but not just as an emotional response, but as a undeniable statement of the power of Christ to sustain us in this life.
Selah! Think on these lyrics.
In Christ Alone
In Christ alone my hope is found
In Christ alone, who took on flesh
There in the ground His body lay
No guilt in life, no fear in death
Stuart Townend & Keith Getty
Lord - Thank You for the gift of music and the power it has to deliver a message. Thank You for the inspiration of these gentlemen and the people who helped deliver this song. Bless those who have taken their time and effort to be channels that deliver these words to our hearts and minds. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.