I think it’s great when an older hymn that could pass into obscurity is given a new lease of life by a really good new tune. One such hymn is “Yes, finished the Messiah dies” by Charles Wesley. He was a prolific, and arguably the best known, hymn writer of the 18th century. Many of his hymns concentrate on the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and what they mean. The new (ish) tune is upbeat, and fits the mood of the words perfectly.
In this particular hymn, Wesley explains the significance of Jesus’ death – “Yes, finished….” In other words, the work that needed to be done for our Salvation was completed, finished at on the cross by His death.
That means we have nothing to add to it – in fact, there is nothing we can add – it has all been done for us. That completed work means that, if we are trusting in him, we are accepted by God, and are certain of a place in heaven.
Yes, finished the Messiah dies,
cut off for sins but not his own
Completed is the sacrifice,
the great redeeming work is done
Yes finished all the debt is paid,
Justice divine is satisfied,
The grand and full atonement made
God for a guilty world has died.
In Christ accepted and brought near
and clothed in righteousness divine
I see the path to life made clear
and all your merits Lord are mine
Death, hell and sin are now subdued
All grace is now to sinners giv’n
And so I plead the atoning blood
And claim the title deeds of heaven