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Lyrics and Music by Benjamin Everson
Stranded high above the world, clouds of darkness writhed and curled;
Jesus Christ for sinners paid the price that on their heads was laid.
Suspended on a cross of wood, in my place condemned He stood.
I, held helpless by my sin, no hope without, no life within;
Christ now hanging a tree; Holy God has died for me!
Death and Hell cannot condemn. Jesus Christ has conquered them.
He lives! He lives!
God and man are reconciled.
He lives! He lives!
Come every soul who’s been defiled!
He’ll make you anew.
The mystery in you: He lives.
It was my goal with this song to express the thoughts of my heart if I were to stand at the foot of the cross, dwelling on the truths taking place in front of me. The sentence structure is sometimes incomplete by design, because expressions of worship and awe at such a act (“Holy God has died for me!”) don’t always come out in complete sentences.
“Stranded” is a word I chose because it illustrates the complete aloneness Jesus Christ experienced on the cross. As the Father forsook Him, he was utterly and horribly alone. It was this act that satisfied the price on the head of the sinner.
“I, held helpless by my sin” refers to the sinful state of man in which he has no “inner spark of the divine” and cannot save himself. Only by being drawn to Christ supernaturally can man believe. This has been accomplished through the work of the cross.
My favorite line of the hymn is “Holy God has died for me.” What love!
“He lives!” is the cry of the apostle Paul. He tells us how pointless our lives would be “if Christ be not risen.” Because He is alive, God and man can now be reconciled. In fact, we have been given the ministry of reconciliation and our job is to tell our fellow man “Be ye reconciled to God.” It is through Christ’s work that it is made possible.
“Come every soul who’s been defiled.” The invitation is open to all! Whosoever will may come, and he will find he will be made anew. This is ultimately carried out by what Paul reveals as the mystery of Christ in you, the hope of glory.
May this hymn lift your heart to our great Savior.