Last week, I introduced the idea of ripping apart the new hymns and songs of our faith, and laminating them together with the Word of God. Because congregations tend to reject anything new, it is beneficial to show them how enriched these new songs are theologically, as is pertains to their faith in Jesus Christ. That way, there is a comfort to the congregation because the message is not new, just the melody, harmony and rhythm. Thus they now have something to cling to that is familiar and something with which they have intimate knowledge.
Let me once again encourage you to meditate on these scripture/lyric parings.
v2 In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34″How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
This gift of love and righteousness,
16″For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
12″What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. 13″Crucify him!” they shouted. 14″Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
33When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.
46Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
The wrath of God was satisfied;
46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi,lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
2 Corinthians 5:21
21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Here in the death of Christ I live.
8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!