In Christ Alone – King’s Kaleidoscope (2012, Asaph’s Arrows)

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Monday, we invited our hearts to embrace Holy Week with a simple plea to the person of Jesus through a scratchy demo with one voice and one instrument.  Today, we appeal to the depths of the theology of Easter through many voices, instruments and arrangements.

In other words, it is time to let the fullness of the resurrection of Christ crash against our minds and hearts until we are indeed full.

King’s Kaleidoscope is another extension of Mars Hill Church.  Specifically, they are an “indie rock worship band made up of about a dozen musicians, including a string trio, a horns section, two drum kits—and definitely a cymbal or two.”

The song, “In Christ Alone” was written by the sultans of modern hymn composers: Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.  Many people have covered this instant classic, but this version entails a richness and celebration that is appropriate to the doctrine of the resurrection.

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
Fullness of God in helpless Babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save

‘Til 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
Could ever pluck me from His hand
Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand

The true power of Easter lies in the fact that all victories center around one event – an event that no other person or force in this universe has ever or will ever accomplish. Yeah, those are several absolutes I just used in that sentence…but for a good reason.  Think about it: only Jesus did what He did –

1. Being entirely God, put on flesh and became entirely human while still being God.         2. Lived a perfect, sinless life while facing every struggle and temptation possible.                3. Bore the sins of the entire human race while enduring temporary separation from His Heavenly Father and the torments of torture, death and hell.                                                  4. Conquered death, satan, sin and every evil entity that has ever existed.                            5. Rose back to physical life.                                                                                                    6. Ascend to the right hand of God and to the position of ultimate glory, authority and honor. 7. Still stands there, extending unlimited and irresistible grace to any believer, while preparing a place for them in paradise that will be an eternal state of joy, rest and satisfaction!

Christ alone has done these things and nothing could ever undo them!  This is what Holy Week  and Easter are all about.

Listen to Paul as He teaches the Philippian believers how to better understand this Jesus and how we can be encouraged to be more like Him:

2:1 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Though He was God,
    He did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
Instead, He gave up his divine privileges;
    He took the humble position of a slave
    and was born as a human being.
When He appeared in human form,
    He humbled Himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor
    and gave Him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Let our hearts reflect as best as we can what Easter really is about – because we both  desire to and we are compelled to by His absolute and singular worthiness.  This Sunday, let us be truly found in Christ…in Christ alone.

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