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2020-05-29 What Wondrous Love Is This

This hymn has always been associated with the Appalachian area.  Like most spirituals, it has been passed down through the generations and exists in several different versions.  The melody, based on a six-note scale, sounds minor to modern ears and has a haunting effect.  The text adds to the effect.  This is the question of the ages, and after all the glorious celebration of the Easter season, the question remains.  What made Him do it?  What made Him do it for me?

Every so often you’ll read about a disaster where someone makes a heroic but fatal effort to save others.  A man jumps into icy water to save someone.  He puts the lifeline in the person’s hand, but drowns.  We marvel at the selflessness of such a person.  What made him do it?  Christ “bore the dreadful curse” for our soul, and we can ponder that for the rest of our lives.  We can also resolve to devote our lives to Him, to please Him, and praise Him through all eternity.

William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen, Great Songs of Faith, 1995

Remember that Jesus loves you! That, because of that love, He died on the cross for your sins. What wondrous love!

But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”

Galatians 3:13 (NLT)

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
what wondrous love is this, O my soul! 
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss 
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, 
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul! 

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down, sinking down;
when I was sinking down beneath God's righteous frown,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul!

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing, 
to God and to the Lamb, I will sing; 
to God and to the Lamb, who is the great I AM, 
while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing, 
while millions join the theme, I will sing! 

 

And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on, I'll sing on, 
and when from death I'm free, I'll sing on; 
and when from death I'm free, I'll sing and joyful be, 
and through eternity I'll sing on, I'll sing on, 
and through eternity I'll sing on! 

 
*Devotion and music provided by Jane Cockrell

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