WRATH SATISFIED “I am so angry that I just need to hit somebody! Can you believe them?! I want to knock the Hell out of them!”
“Look at that fool slapping himself around! What is he doing? He has already bloodied his own nose! Now he is taking out a knife?! What’s he going to do next?”
“Agh, I need to just cut off their murderous, thieving hands! I will cut out their black hearts! Their foul-mouthed tongues I will rip out …”
“What is that fool doing?! He is cutting out his own eyes and tossing them in the gutter! Ow-w-w! He is carving off his own head!? What is he mumbling?”
“Father, (gurgling on his own blood) forgive them for they are ignorant of their guilt…” “it is done; it is finished…”
I stood there and understood, finally, that there are not two different Gods -- an angry, wrath-filled, vengeful God of Sinai – and a loving, merciful, forgiving God of Golgotha -- they are One! In Gethsemane I see them both, “in Christ alone…”
In Christ Alone
In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.
"In Christ Alone"
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Kingsway Thankyou Musichttp://www.gettymusic.com/hymns-inchristalone.aspx