07 April 2007

Thoughts for Good Friday

At our church's annual combined Passion Service, they sang the following song which I had never heard before. I thought the words were really powerful.

His Robes for Mine
(Anderson, Monk)

His robes for mine: O wonderful exchange!
Clothed in my sin, Christ suffered 'neath God's rage.
Draped in His righteousness, I'm justified!
In Christ I live, for in my place He died.

His robes for mine: My God, how can it be?
Jesus is crushed, and thus the Father's pleased?
Christ drank the dregs of God's just wrath on sin:
God is appeased; propitiation won!

His robes for mine, how terrible the cost:
Jesus forsaken; God estranged from God!
He, as though I, was banished--left alone!
I, as though He, am cherished--welcomed home!

His robes for mine: such anguish none can know:
Christ, God's beloved, judged as though His foe!
Smitten by God, and spit upon by men?
Free my salvation, yet not free to Him!

His robes for mine, what cause have I for dread?
God's daunting Law Christ mastered in my stead.
Faultless I stand, with righteous works not mine,
Saved by my Lord's vicarious death--and life!

His robes for mine, the suffering is done:
Sin's dreadful wage was paid by God's Just Son.
Bought by such love, my life is not my own:
My praise--my all--shall be for Christ alone!

Now, go back and read this song again. It's so chock full of theology. What a salvation we have! What a Savior!

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