Jesus Messiah by Reeves, Tomblin, Cash, and Carson, 2008.
He became sin, who knew no sin
That we might become His righteousness
He humbled himself and carried the cross
Love so amazing, love so amazing
Jesus Messiah, name above all names
Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel
The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all
Observe: How amazing is the love expressed by Jesus who, as the eternal Son in perfect relationship and fellowship with the Father and the Spirit, left the comfort, beauty, and perfection of the Godhead and became sin? The distance between where he began his redemptive journey to where he accomplished redemption in the humiliation of the cross is infinite and beyond our ability even to imagine. Many have tried to find an analogy, but all fall far short.
Because of his obedience, the Father has given Jesus the name above all names. That name, in the Greek, is “Kyrios,” translated as “Lord” in English. He is Lord of all.
Jesus is now seated at the right hand of his Father in heaven. He was enthroned there upon his return from the earth when God raised him from the grave. But that was a long time ago, and time has a way of casting a convenient amnesia over human minds.
Jesus knew this, and our fragility is why he left us with a “sacrament” a ceremony to mark the imparting of divine grace.
His body the bread, his blood the wine
Broken and poured out all for love
The whole earth trembled, and the veil was torn
Love so amazing, love so amazing.
The Lord’s Supper and baptism are the two sacraments given to the church by God. Both use physical elements that signify a spiritual reality. In the Lord’s Supper, the bread and wine are simply bread and wine, but when administered properly in the church, they impart divine grace on those who partake. They provide spiritual nourishment to the spirit of those who believe as they mark what Jesus has done to secure redemption and to conquer sin and death.
All our hope is in You, all our hope is in You
All the glory to You, God, the light of the world
I know that on the first Sunday we can gather together again in worship, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. It will remind us that God has brought us through a trying time because Jesus has bought us with his body broken and his blood shed for us. Until that day, take hope in God’s promise sealed with blood, and secured by His Spirit with us as we await his glorious return for his bride.
Blessings, Pastor Don.