In Christ Alone – No guilt in life, No fear in death

This song has been requested by a student so I began listening.  Of course I have heard this song plenty of times but now I am listening to make a simple arrangement for you to be able to play the song easily.  So I am just trying to get past all the youtube commercials and find the best arrangement and I begin to realize that those words are just passing by my heart… I’m making judgments on the performances and the video quality etc. and then I just realizing that I can hear the words but my heart is not registering that these are the words of the miraculous story of how Christ has saved us, has taken us from the low depth of dark sin to live with Him a life that can never be found anywhere else.

The two lines that strike me are 2nd stanza:  Here in the death of Christ I stand.  I understand that now but it does sound weird to stand in death but when I see my sinful nature I know that Christ has put it to death, he has defeated death and raised me up when I was completely hopeless.  And the final stanza, No guilt in life, no fear in death, That is the key to really understanding what Jesus did for us… we have to live hiding behind the cross.  Understanding that when God looks down at us, he no longer sees our sin… Jesus stands in front of us, Jesus covers our sin.  Now, I can live with no guilt and no fear.

Here is a piano performance version and the lyrics.  I will be releasing a simple piano and guitar video for the song soon…. Ill post it on my blog.

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.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness 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.

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.

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.

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