Christus Victor

Christus Victor

Here’s one that we did back in June, and have only now managed to get posted… an original song called “Christus Victor” written by Marcus Remple, a member of Grain of Wheat Church in Winnipeg, and a friend to our music leader Larry Campbell. The concept of Christus victor was the ancient church’s primary way of understanding the workings of the atonement wrought by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. In the modern age it was best presented by the Swedish theologian Gustav Aulen, in his classic work Christus Victor, though most modern Christians are more familiar with its presentation in C.S. Lewis’s story, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Recall how in that story Aslan’s death is an expression of what he calls “the deeper magic,” which foils the plans of the White Witch? That’s Christus victor. Or consider Robert Farrar Capon’s suggestion that in worship what we do is come together to ”relish once again the old tall tale about how Christ came to his own party in disguise and served the devil a rubber duck.Again, Christus victor.

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Hallelujah!
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelu, Hallelu,
Hallelujah!

 

Leader: Christ is risen!
Jesus has risen
Freed us from prison;
Christ is risen, sing
“Hallelujah!”

 

Leader: We’re forgiven!
Sins are atoned
Satan’s dethroned;
We’re forgiven, sing,
“Hallelujah!”

 

Leader: Join creation!
Skies burst in showers
Earth laughs in flowers,
Join creation, sing,
“Hallelujah!”

 

Leader: Love is freedom!
Death does not rule us,
Fear cannot fool us,
Love is freedom, sing,
“Hallelujah!”

 

Leader: Christus Victor!
Empires are crumbling,
God’s reign is coming,
Christus Victor, sing,
“Hallelujah!”