On a more serious note, there follows the third hymn I wrote while on holiday in August. I’ve been meaning to do something for a while - at least since I did “Ten Propositions on Penal Substitution” for Ben Myers at faith-theology.blogspot.com - to bring together several models of the atonement in one hymn. Four models here, to be precise: reconciliation, ransom, sacrifice, and justification. Hope you like it (”limited atonement” Calvinists excepted!). And hope you non-Brits will know the tune - Gonfalon Royal: it’s beautiful and one of my favourites.
Imagine all the countless ways
that picture how the Saviour saves.
We lift our hearts in thanks and praise
for cruel cross and empty grave.
He draws together Greek and Jew,
he razes walls and ends all strife;
not for a pre-selected few,
but for the world he gives his life.
He pays the ransom, setting free
the slaves of sin and selfishness;
he liberates us all to be
the slaves of grace and righteousness.
He gives himself in sacrifice,
unblemished lamb for sinners slain;
he gives himself, while men play dice,
to expiate the crime of Cain.
He puts us right when we are wrong,
as judge he takes the felon’s place;
released disciples sing a song -
the prosecution has no case.
Lord, finish now the world you planned -
perfecting is the Spirit’s art -
the world in Christ that you began,
the world you love with all your heart.
(Tune: Gonfalon Royal)