There is a lovely song written by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty called "In Christ Alone". I fell in love with that song from the moment I first heard it. When I learned I had cancer, I clung to the words and the message it brought.
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
Even though my world may be turned upside-down and is crumbling, I have a firm foundation in Jesus Christ. My circumstances do not matter to me and those who have witnessed my circumstances over the past three years here at CB know that I do not write these words flippantly. You have watched a portion of my testimony play itself out here in nearly real time. LOL! Some of you have seen it in real time as you would pray with me, cry with me and just help me keep my hands lifted up toward God. Thank you. I am so thankful to those who chose to stand beside me and love me rather than condemn me or try to "fix" me.
Yes, the droughts and storms have come... sometimes relentlessly it seems but still, He has been beside me constantly. When I felt I would be swept away... I would discover that I could not be for I am captured in His Hands... and God doesn't let you go.
He rips through the darkness and steps down to where you are, whether you see it or not. At the sound of His voice... there is peace. Oh, the storm may still be raging around you but... it is well with your soul and there is the peace which passes all understanding.
In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.
He didn't have to do it. Do we understand that? Do we really understand that? He didn't have to reach out to us. He didn't have to be scorned and rejected. He didn't have to bear our sins and lay down His life but He did. Perhaps that is why it grieves me to hear people imply that Christ did not die for us all. You see, I believe that the sacrifice was more than enough... to cover us all. More than enough...
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
Nothing has power over Him! Nothing could keep Him down! The darkness could not contain Him! Because He lives... we can belong to Him and be alive in Christ Jesus! Oh what a glorious thing that is!
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.
Regardless of what happens to our flesh in this world... it does NOT have dominion over us! That is the power of Christ in us! Paul wrote: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of (the power will be of God and not from ourselves;
we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;
persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 2 Corinthians 4:7-11 (NASB) Regardless of our circumstances, the power of God can shine through our lives, bearing witness not of ourselves but of Him!