Some encouragement from the Good Shepherd Band…
From Adam’s rebellion to Moses’ good law,
Death reigned the master of men;
With all of creation, held under its claw,
Awaiting redemption from sin.
But when the law thundered in earthquake and fire,
Weak as it was through our flesh,
It could not help conquer our sinful desires,
Only tightened the noose ‘round our neck.
Still, God remembered His mercy in wrath
And promised a way of escape:
A Lamb to be killed on the people’s behalf
Would trample the head of the snake.
But though we would offer our best to the fire,
And rivers of blood would be spilt,
This could not help with our sinful desires,
Nor atone for the depth of our guilt.
When the fullness of time had come,
God sent us His only Son,
Born of a woman, born under law,
So that He might a people redeem. (x2)
With joy set before Him and love to display,
He laid aside His great crown;
To share in our nature as creatures of clay,
He emptied Himself and came down:
Lived like a servant without any home,
Carried our sorrows and griefs,
Was spit at, rejected, despised and alone;
Accursed, He hung on a tree.
No longer slaves, we were bought with a price;
Adopted, delivered, we’re sons now with Christ.
We stand in His righteousness dressed,
To His righteousness freed! (x2)
So that He might a people redeem.
Lyrics and Music by Jody Killingsworth