In looking back over the hymns I've chosen so far, the majority of them seem to come from the late 1800's or early 1900's. So to prove that I'm not completely stuck in the Victorian era, I'm including a hymn that is just a little more than a decade old. I love the progression of the verses: Christ as our hope, Christ's life and death, Christ's victory on the cross, and the eternal security we have through Christ. How to sum up the gospel in four verses? In Christ Alone is pretty comprehensive.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 1:20).
In Christ Alone
Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, 2001
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.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry 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 pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home --
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.