Monday, June 4, 2012

I Will Sing of My Redeemer

As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Job 19:25

This is a wonderful old hymn with good reminders of why we are to sing and give praise to our God. These are basic truths of the Christian faith, but even these simple truths deserve to be revisited and meditated on - for the beauty of the gospel is that it is not complex - but it is significant.

I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His wondrous love to me;
On the cruel cross He suffered,
From the curse to set me free.

Our God is our Redeemer - even in ages past, His people knew Him as their Redeemer, as He had rescued them from Egypt.

You, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is Your name. Isaiah 63:16

From "of old" God had promised His people that their Redeemer was coming - a Messiah who would deliver them. After waiting for thousands of years, God sent His son Jesus to fulfill his promise. Jesus, fully God and fully man, was born a man and grew up just like we do, except without sin. And then He obeyed His Father by going to the cross and dying in our place.

God, our Redeemer, showed His love for us by giving us His only son.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, showed His love for us by humbling Himself and suffering on the cruel cross to pay the debt that He did not owe.

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

This love of our Redeemer was demonstrated through that selfless act, the sinless God-man dying for the sinful people. God didn't wait for us to "get better" or become sinless on our own - He knew that was impossible, and as sinners, we really had no hope in the world. Even so, Jesus went to the cross while we were still in our sin-sick condition.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

God's redeeming love sent Jesus to the cross to pay for the world's sin once and for all. In the "old way," unblemished animals would be sacrificed for different sins - there were all kinds of offerings dependent on the situation. These offerings are described by God to His people as a "soothing aroma." In the new plan, Jesus took the place of the lambs, bulls, goats and doves. He gave Himself up for us, offering Himself as a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma!

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2

I will sing of my Redeemer!

I Will Sing of my Redeemer
Words by Philip Bliss

I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His wondrous love to me;
On the cruel cross He suffered,
From the curse to set me free.

Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,
With His blood, He purchased me.
On the cross, He sealed my pardon,
Paid the debt, and made me free.

I will tell the wondrous story,
How my lost estate to save,
In His boundless love and mercy,
He the ransom freely gave.

I will praise my dear Redeemer,
His triumphant power I’ll tell,
How the victory He giveth
Over sin, and death, and hell.

I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His heav’nly love to me;
He from death to life hath brought me,
Son of God with Him to be.

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