Happy Easter! I just wanted to share a song that moved me to tears on Good Friday. ‘How Deep the Father’s Love For Us’ depicts the passion of Christ. It was not just other people’s sin that held him there, but also mine. He died for me. Because my sin necessitated such a ransom payment. He saw me, a wretch, a deceiver, an adulterer, a robber, a murderer, but still wanted to pursue me and make me His greatest treasure. ‘If others think me a failure, they think the truth – but I am a failure who has found peace through the blood of Christ’s cross’ (We Would See Jesus, Roy Hession). Thank the Lord for giving all of us a gift we could not give ourselves, for saving us from something we can’t even control. That is the love of the Father.
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss –
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.
Behold the man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life –
I know that it is finished.
I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart –
His wounds have paid my ransom.
[‘How Deep the Father’s Love For Us’]