By Raymond Donaldson
Though not a huge fan of hymn’s, I do absolutely love certain ones, and appreciate the content. I never had a religious / churchy background. I didn’t know anything meaningful about God until my college years, whereupon I met a guy who had a very different experience and who through friendship and sincerity, had answers to my questions and so gave me a thirst to search out the God of the bible.
I’ve found that God is not a figment of our imagination and that he is very very real, and not so very far from us. I’ve discovered that the Jesus in the Bible was a real person and actually still is a real person who we can speak to and actually have a form of relationship with. I’ve discovered that though I never had a Father to look to for guidance, love and acceptance, that God is a Father to the Fatherless. Despite my lack and my own moral failings, he has always been there for me and never rejects me, but rather, accepts me as if I too am a child of his.
In the church family where I spent most of my 20’s and 30’s, A visiting pastor had made up a more modern sounding tune to an old hymn. This hymn below has always been a favourite of mine. We all know that we’re imperfect and continually make a mess of things. But, the good news is, we can get to heaven when we die because Jesus made a way for us. Also, we don’t have to wait to get to heaven, we can get to know him now. This is why worship is so meaningful and important for Christians. It’s where we meet with God and he meets with us.
An atheist once prayed “God, if you exist, and I don’t know that you do, please reveal yourself to me in a way that I’ll understand”.
Well, believe it or not, within moments, that atheist met with Jesus in a way that changed his life for ever.
Forgive my wee ramble, but it is Easter.
God Bless You for taking the time to read my post.
‘Tis finished! The Messiah dies,
Cut off for sins, but not His own:
Accomplished is the sacrifice,
The great redeeming work is done.
‘Tis finished! all the debt is paid;
Justice divine is satisfied;
The grand and full atonement made;
God for a guilty world hath died.
The veil is rent in Christ alone;
The living way to heaven is seen;
The middle wall is broken down,
And all mankind may enter in.
The types and figures are fulfilled;
Exacted is the legal pain;
The precious promises are sealed;
The spotless Lamb of God is slain.
The reign of sin and death is o’er,
And all may live from sin set free;
Satan hath lost his mortal power;
‘Tis swallowed up in victory.
Saved from the legal curse I am,
My Saviour hangs on yonder tree:
See there the meek, expiring Lamb!
‘Tis finished! He expires for me.
Accepted in the Well-beloved,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
I see the bar to heaven removed;
And all Thy merits, Lord, are mine.
Death, hell, and sin are now subdued;
All grace is now to sinners given;
And lo, I plead the atoning blood,
And in Thy right I claim Thy heaven!