Behind the Music
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. - 1 Peter 1:18-20
Sunday we sang Daniel Renstrom's At the Cross. It explores the sacrificial nature of Christ's death which Peter wrote about in the above passage. One of my favorite things about Daniel's song is his profound understanding of the atonement. A clear understanding of the atonement is essential for the salvation of mankind to be possible. The atonement simply stated is this: God, reconciling humanity to himself by placing his wrath, because of sin, on Jesus Christ who is deity and humanity, for the sins of mankind. Man, then, is under the obligation to place his faith in that very work in order for the reconciliation to occur.
While this is an essential doctrine of the faith, it is also a doctrine that has come under intense scrutiny throughout church history and into modern times. Many liberal theologians find the idea of God sacrificing his Son as a hard concept to swallow. Some go as far as to claim that they would want nothing to do with a God that would cause such a horrific transaction to take place. However, for the Christian, the atonement is a doctrine that we hold very close to our hearts.
Below are the lyrics from At the Cross reflecting on Christ's most necessary sacrifice.
We are singing songs of redemption, we are Christ’s possession, bought with the precious blood
Given us pardon and forgiveness, we are free to love Him, bought with the precious blood
At the cross wrath was taken away, Christ was in our place, oh what marvelous grace
At the cross justice was supplied, by the blood of Christ, forever we will praise
Amazing pity grace made known to me, love beyond all I conceived , bought with the precious blood
Righteous now is how he looks at me, aroma of Christ to God from me, bought with the precious blood
Burdens were lifted away, God caused this heart to awake, to his glorious grace
Burdens were lifted away, God caused this heart to awake, He’s provided a way.
At the Cross | Daniel Renstrom | 2008 Catapult
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