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Singing with Charles Wesley this Holy Week

Posted by Stephen Witmer on March 30th, 2015

I love Charles Wesley’s hymn “‘Tis finished! The Messiah dies.” I can’t think of a better time than Holy Week to meditate on each line. Take a few minutes and prayerfully read through this hymn, marveling at what Jesus has accomplishing for us through his atoning death:

‘Tis finished! The Messiah dies, Cut off for sins, but not His own: Accomplished is the sacrifice, The great redeeming work is done.

‘Tis finished! all the debt is paid; Justice divine is satisfied; The grand and full atonement made; God for a guilty world hath died.

The veil is rent in Christ alone; The living way to Heaven is seen; The middle wall is broken down, And all mankind may enter in.

The types and figures are fulfilled; Exacted is the legal pain; The precious promises are sealed; The spotless Lamb of God is slain.

The reign of sin and death is o’er, And all may live from sin set free; Satan hath lost his mortal power; ‘Tis swallowed up in victory.

Saved from the legal curse I am, My Savior hangs on yonder tree: See there the meek, expiring Lamb! ‘Tis finished! He expires for me.

Accepted in the Well-beloved, And clothed in righteousness divine, I see the bar to heaven removed; And all Thy merits, Lord, are mine.

Death, hell, and sin are now subdued; All grace is now to sinners given; And lo, I plead the atoning blood, And in Thy right I claim Thy Heaven