For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience, the many will be made righteous.Romans 5:19
As we go through the Gospel of Matthew we’ll see many Messianic themes explored, particularly in the first four chapters. Matthew in particular focuses on fulfillment of Old Testament expectation and prophesy in the person and work of Jesus. Starting from the opening verses, we see that Jesus came as the “Son of David, the Son of Abraham” in order to fulfill the covenant expectations for both the land, seed, and blessing promised to Abraham, and the eternal throne promised to David. We see him as the faithful Israel passing through the waters, trekking into the desert for 40 days, withstanding a personal temptation from Satan, all without sin and emerging victorious. He then stands on a mountain and delivers a blessing and a “new” law (which is really a correction for how far off the religious teachers had gotten). Christ came not only to die in our place, but to live in it. This song praises Jesus for who he is as the Messiah who fulfilled all righteousness, standing in the place of his broken people and the broken leaders who led them. It also glorifies God for his sovereignty over redemptive history.
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Christ the true and better Adam
Son of God and Son of man
Who, when tempted in the garden
Never yielded, never sinned
He who makes the many righteous
Brings us back to life again
Dying, He reversed the curse, then
Rising, crushed the serpent’s head!
Christ the true and better Isaac
Humble son of sacrifice
Who would climb the fearful mountain
There to offer up his life
Laid with faith upon the altar
Father’s joy and only son
There salvation was provided
Oh, what full and boundless love!
Amen, amen. From beginning to end
Christ the story, His the glory! Alleluia, amen
Christ the true and better Moses
Called to lead a people home
Standing bold to earthly powers
God’s great glory to be known
With his arms stretched wide to heaven
See the waters part in two
See the veil is torn forever
Cleansed with blood we pass now through!
Christ the true and better David
Lowly shepherd, mighty King
He, the champion in the battle
Where, o death, is now thy sting?
In our place He bled and conquered
Crown Him Lord of majesty
His shall be the throne forever
We shall e’er His people be!
Words and music by Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, Keith Getty, 2020 Getty Music Hymns and Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.), Getty Music Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.), Love Your Enemies Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.), and Messenger Hymns (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
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