“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” 1 Peter 2: 24-25
Every week we learn a new hymn. As I’m teaching it to the children, we read the lines one by one and discuss what they mean. In addition to learning many hymns, the children learn a great deal of theology, for the hymns are rich with meaning.
Today we started The Church’s One Foundation. The first verse reads:
The Church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord,
She is His new creation
By water and the Word.
From heaven He came and sought her
To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her
And for her life He died.
I asked our four-year-old son where Jesus was when He bought the church. He immediately replied, “At the store.”
“Think!” I said, as I stretched out my arms to simulate hanging on a cross. “Where was he when He bought her with his blood?”
“Wal-Mart,” he said.
Needless to say, his older brothers laughed and set him straight!
We did not go up to heaven, looking for a savior. He came down to us. We were no holy bride, seeking a husband. Jesus found us as a harlot, dressed in filthy rags and fig leaves. We had nothing to offer Him, that He might want us. But He purchased us anyway, at the cost of His own blood.
It was all Him! The seeking, the cleansing, the redeeming of a bride. Oh, church, doesn’t your heart thrill to this husband?
“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8