Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 06:27 am

One of the most beloved Christian songs of our time is the modern hymn “In Christ Alone.” 

Transcending borders of geography, denomination, and culture, this hymn has been embraced across the globe. It is sung in underground churches, carpeted sanctuaries, and recording studios. What is the story behind this powerful song? 

In 2000, Keith Getty was introduced to Stuart Townend. Both songwriters believed that the songs of the church should proclaim the rich depths of its theology. 

Keith and Stuart decided to try collaborating on one song. Keith said,

“Let’s do a song that tells the whole story of Christ coming to earth-the whole gospel story in one song. Let’s have as many verses as we want, and let’s just go for it.”  

Keith composed several melodies that reflected the Irish congregational style. In his mind’s eye, he could picture a large crowd lifting their voices in praise. 

After choosing one of the melodies, Stuart worked on fitting lyrics to the melody. His vivid words skillfully describe the truths of the gospel. 

Stuart writes of the deep security found in our relationship with Christ, “This Cornerstone, this solid ground/ Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.” 

This song points us to a tiny Baby in a manger, “Fullness of God in helpless babe.”

It calls us to look up at the cross where, “The wrath of God was satisfied/ For every sin on Him was laid./ Here in the death of Christ I live.” 

After the dark hours of the cross, the song shouts of victory, “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.”

Triumphantly, the song comes full circle by returning to our relationship with Christ. “From life's first cry to final breath/ Jesus commands my destiny.” 

It conveys the deep freedom, joy, and power we find in Christ.

“Of all the hymns we have written, this hymn is the most popular wherever we go. Ironically, it is the first hymn we ever penned together,” said Stuart and Keith. 

Why not take a moment to reflect on the lyrics of “In Christ Alone”? Let’s purpose to focus our minds on Him and rejoice in His great love! 

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 pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.”

Have you heard the modern hymn “In Christ Alone”? Looking for a church in Sydney? Join us to learn about God each week by worshipping with the welcoming church family of Westside Bible Chapel – Sunday mornings at 11:00 am. 

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Albert Banda wrote:
Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 05:28 am
I am really blessed by this sing. I got a clearer illumination after reading the story of the song.
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