Rock of Ages cleft for me 
Let me hide myself in thee 
Let the water and the blood 
From thy wounded side which flowed 
Be of sin the double cure 
Save from wrath and make me pure  

 This weekend we’ll be singing a modern rendition of the hymn Rock of Ages. The song reflects on Jesus’ sacrifice for us and how we are cleansed from our sin because of his work. The version of the song that we’ll be singing also adds a chorus: 

  Rock of Ages 
No one takes your life 
Yet you died that I might live 
Costly grace you freely give  

  Rock of ages 
You have paid the price 
You were cleft to cover me 
Let me hide myself in thee  

 The writer of the chorus, Dustin Kensrue, wanted the chorus to expand on the idea that Jesus is the rock that was cleft for us. That word ‘cleft’ can be a little confusing because its root word, cleave, can mean two different things. You can cleave to something (or cling to it) or you can cleave something (or split something). So what does it mean that Jesus is the rock that was cleft for us?  

 Jesus was cleft (split, cut, broken) so that we’re able to find shelter in him from the Father’s wrath. There are all sorts of metaphors that we use to communicate this good news. We talk about  Jesus as the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, we say that when we are baptized we put on Jesus, or we say that Jesus is reconciling all things on heaven and on earth to God through his cross. Each of these metaphors has their own nuances, but I love the truth that Jesus is our shelter from wrath and that having hid ourselves in Christ, we can approach God as his children. 

 Listen to Rock of Ages  here .  

 Ron

Rock of Ages cleft for me
Let me hide myself in thee
Let the water and the blood
From thy wounded side which flowed
Be of sin the double cure
Save from wrath and make me pure

This weekend we’ll be singing a modern rendition of the hymn Rock of Ages. The song reflects on Jesus’ sacrifice for us and how we are cleansed from our sin because of his work. The version of the song that we’ll be singing also adds a chorus:

Rock of Ages
No one takes your life
Yet you died that I might live
Costly grace you freely give

Rock of ages
You have paid the price
You were cleft to cover me
Let me hide myself in thee

The writer of the chorus, Dustin Kensrue, wanted the chorus to expand on the idea that Jesus is the rock that was cleft for us. That word ‘cleft’ can be a little confusing because its root word, cleave, can mean two different things. You can cleave to something (or cling to it) or you can cleave something (or split something). So what does it mean that Jesus is the rock that was cleft for us?

Jesus was cleft (split, cut, broken) so that we’re able to find shelter in him from the Father’s wrath. There are all sorts of metaphors that we use to communicate this good news. We talk about Jesus as the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, we say that when we are baptized we put on Jesus, or we say that Jesus is reconciling all things on heaven and on earth to God through his cross. Each of these metaphors has their own nuances, but I love the truth that Jesus is our shelter from wrath and that having hid ourselves in Christ, we can approach God as his children.

Listen to Rock of Ages here.

Ron

Christ's Church