O Come, redeemed and saved by grace
And kneel at the cross
O Come, and sing thy Savior's praise
Count your life as loss
For with his blood, our ransom paid
And by His grace now we are saved
And God confers a lasting love
For Christ has sealed it with His blood
O come, ye called and chosen race
And cast off your chains
Your sins He buried in that grave
He's cleansed every stain
The lamb was slain, our sins effaced
For God Himself died in our place
And every drop of wrath absorbed
O, come and magnify the Lord
O Come, ye sons and daughters, come
Rejoice in your king!
The work of pardon has been done
Death has lost its sting
And once defeating death and sin
The Lamb of God, He rose again!
O Come and worship, Come adore
O Come and magnify the Lord!
It's always fascinating to me to look back and see what the absolute first thing I ever wrote down about a song. For this particular song it was the line: The Lamb was slain, our sins effaced. This past Thursday as I was reading through Colossians 2, I came to verse 13-14:
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
I stopped and began meditating on exactly how much Christ accomplished by His death and resurrection. We were dead. Christ has made us alive. If that isn't cause for constant rejoicing, then literally nothing is. So, my brothers and sisters - rejoice.