This will be an interesting Sunday. Normally, I would not introduce two new songs on the same day but the opening verse of Jesus Messiah has been on my heart and I have been hearing it a lot lately. The first two lines of the song are taken almost directly from 2 Cor. 5:21 where it says:

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The songs lyrics are:

He became sin, who knew no sin, that we might become, His righteousness.

What amazing love! O what a savior! The only sinless man to walk this earth was made “to be sin for us”, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Perfection took on sin for us. I have to pause on that word, “us” because it seems so lopsided, so unfair, so ultimately: grace-ful. Indeed, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  And so we sing.

I love John Wesley’s notes on this juxtaposition of Christ’s righteousness compared to us. Check it out:

5:21 He made him a sin offering, who knew no sin – A commendation peculiar to Christ. For us – Who knew no righteousness, who were inwardly and outwardly nothing but sin; who must have been consumed by the divine justice, had not this atonement been made for our sins. That we might be made the righteousness of God through him – Might through him be invested wi th that righteousness, first imputed to us, then implanted in us, which is in every sense the righteousness of God.

Watch Chris Tomlin talk about the song we will be singing to close out the service on Sunday:

Then take a listen to some of the songs we will be singing in the rest of the service:

Meet with me (Ten Shekel Shirt)

Wonderful (Brenton Brown)

Never Let Go (David Crowder)

Hungry (Kathryn Scott)

Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin)