And Can It Be?
All of us are greatly missing our regular times of worship, Bible Study, and fellowship. As one who grew up being in church every time the doors were open, I’ve already missed more “church” than at any time in my life. Thankfully we know that the church is not the building, but Christ followers all over the world.
This Sunday is Palm Sunday which commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-9) when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Thursday, and His crucifixion on Good Friday. For several months, the choir and orchestra have planned to present a program of music, portraying the significance of this day and week in Christian history.
One of the songs yet to be sung is “And Can It Be” whose text was written by Charles Wesley in 1738, shortly after his conversion to Christ. Charles and his brother, John, were prolific in hymn writing, preaching, and writing. This hymn has appeared in hymnals ever since.
The choral arrangement weds a new tune written by Dan Forrest in 2014, with three of Wesley’s original five verses.
And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?
He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race;
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Amazing love, how can it be? This Holy Week, may we stand in awe of God’s amazing love for us.
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