[Calvary Chapel] 2017-03-07 - In Christ Alone

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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
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
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
'Til 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

Stuart Townend & Keith Getty
Copyright © 2001 Thankyou Music (Adm. by
CapitolCMGPublishing.com excl. UK & Europe, adm. by
Integrity Music, part of the David C Cook family,

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,

[email mike] jmhoskins@gmail.com

All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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