SCRIPTURE TEXT: …I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.” –John 11:25-26
1. And can it be that I should gain, An int’rest in the Saviors blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain? For me, ho Him to death pursued. Amazing love! how can it be that thou, my God shouldst die for me?
Chorus: Amazing love! how can it be that thou, my God shouldst die for me?
2. He left His Father’s throne above, so free, so infinite His grace! Emptied Himself of all but love, and bled for Adam’s helpless race! Tis mercy all, immense and free, For, O my God, it found out me
3. Long my imprisoned spirit lay fast bound in sin and nature’s night Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray: I woke the dungeon flamed with light! My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth and followed Thee.
Even though Charles Wesley had a strict religious training in his youth, educated at Oxford University and missionary service in the new colony of Georgia, he had no peace or joy in his heart and life. After a disappointing experience in America, he met a group of Moravians while returning to London. His meeting with this group made him realize that “salvation is by faith alone.”
In his journal of May 20th, he wrote “At midnight I gave myself to Christ, assured that I was safe, whether sleeping or waking”. “I had the continual experience of His power to overcome all temptation, I confessed with joy and surprise that He was able to do exceedingly abundantly for me above what I can ask or think”. In this spirit of joyous enthusiasm, Charles began to write new hymns with increased fervor. He traveled throughout Great Britain with his older brother, John, leading crowds of thousands in singing his hymns in mass outdoor services. A hymn was born with every experience or thought that crossed Charles’s mind. Even on his deathbed it is said he dedicated to his wife a final hymn of praises to the Lord he had loved so intimately and served so effectively.
Just as Charles Wesley, as Christians, we are assured that we are safe in Christ. We experience salvation only when we realize the fullness of God’s love for us that our default human being is connecting with God. By trusting in that love, we are empowered to love others. We must make a conscious effort to make disciples for our Lord Jesus.
Prayer point: May God give us no rest until we fully search for Him with all our hearts.
SOURCE: INSPIRING STORIES BEHIND OUR BEST-LOVED HYMNS