Brian Pinner and I have collaborated on a new hymn called See the Christ! It’s our first tag-team effort since O God, My Joy four years ago. We also collaborated on this blog post to bring you some of our thoughts behind its creation.
The text for this hymn intentionally follows Philippians 2:5-11. That familiar passage admonishes us to have the same mindset as Jesus, the divine servant who obeyed the Father through condescension, suffering, death, and enjoyed subsequent exaltation. See the Christ moves through this Christology and makes application along the way. For instance, the second stanza presents Christ’s suffering and death not simply as a demonstration of His love for sinners, which it certainly was, but fundamentally as a demonstration of Christ’s love for the Father. Jesus died on the cross because He was willingly obeying His Father, whose design from eternity past was to use the most horrible event in history for the most glorious good! The death of Jesus was the crux of God’s plan to make all things new. Philippians 2 illustrates what happens to those who give their lives to God: there may be suffering and death, but there will also be resurrection and exaltation! “Trust the Father with your life; / He will turn all wrongs to right.” He did it with His Son; He will do it for all those in Christ. In the last stanza, we see this happen in the glorious exaltation of Christ “for the Father’s glory.” The gospel is radically God-centered. At the end of the age Jesus will give the kingdom to His Father, who will be “all in all” (I Corinthians 15:28).
We wanted the music for this hymn to match the majesty of this profound passage while still being very accessible and singable for the average congregation. We also wanted to use harmonies and melodic lines that are refreshing and modern. We hope the result will satisfy on many levels. The added 2/4 measures may be slightly surprising initially, but we really feel that they give the music time to breathe and build.
Obviously, the applications and implications of this Scripture text have great depth and breadth. We hope that you will find it useful and appropriate for many themes and seasons.
Click here to find the demo, sheet music, and lyrics resources on the Music Page.