The words of the hymn ring true still today:
And can it be that I should gain
an interest in the Savior’s blood!
Died He for me? who caused His pain!
For me? who Him to death pursued?
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.
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou my God shouldst die for me?
I doubt that my mortal mind will ever fully comprehend the depth of love that my Creator has for me! The Creator of Heaven and Earth loved me so much that He willingly gave His life for a wretch like me!
Why was such a great sacrifice required? Because of the seriousness of the crime! We excuse our sin as minor when compared to the sins of others like Hitler and Stalin. But we have all sinned against a holy and righteous God, and our sins are just as grievous when they are laid against His standard. Many believe that God should simply excuse or forgive their sin without penalty, yet, if an earthly judge excused sin, we would call him unjust, and demand his impeachment. A crime justly deserves punishment. Because of my sin, I deserve punishment. That’s where the amazing part comes in. While God is just, He is also merciful. He provided the answer through the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus emptied himself of all that He had a right to. He had a right to receive glory and honor and power. Yet, he left the splendor of heaven to come to earth and live as a mortal man. While He was here, He lived a sinless life, and then willingly shed His blood as a payment for my sin.
We must never forget the depth of the sacrifice that was paid for our sin. Before Jesus returned to heaven, he established an ordinance to be practiced as a reminder, as a proclamation, of His death. In 1 Corinthians 11:23-24, the Apostle Paul writes, For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” The word broken means that He was made bankrupt…in other words, He emptied Himself. In verse 25, Paul continues, In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” Scripture makes it very clear that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission for sin. Through the shed blood of Christ, we can have forgiveness of sin…not based on our righteousness or goodness, but based on Him alone!
Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, should die for me?