How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

You might not know Stuart Townend personally, but you are probably familiar with his music – his collaborations with Keith and Kristyn Getty have produced hymns such as “In Christ Alone” and “The Power of the Cross.” The hymn we are pondering today, however, was an earlier solo work of Townend, a British songwriter and church musician. He reflects on the hymn’s creation: “I’d been meditating on the Cross, and in particular what it cost the Father to give up his beloved Son to a torturous death on a Cross. And what was my part in it? Not only was it my sin that put him there, but if I’d lived at that time, it would probably have been me in that crowd, shouting with everyone else ‘crucify him.’ It just makes his sacrifice all the more personal, all the more amazing, and all the more humbling.”

In clear, concise terms, How Deep the Father’s Love For Us draws in both Old and New Testament concepts and events:

…“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

“But far be it from me to boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)

“…even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)