A hymn that has come onto my radar in recent months is titled “His Robes for Mine.” It articulates clearly the substitutionary work of the Lord Jesus Christ for others–a work that justifies sinners. It states forcefully the separation of Father and Son as the work of atonement was being effected on Calvary. Consider these words:
His robes for mine: O wonderful exchange!
Clothed in my sin, Christ suffered ‘neath God’s rage.
Draped in His righteousness, I’m justified.
In Christ I live, for in my place He died.
I cling to Christ, and marvel at the cost:
Jesus forsaken, God estranged from God.
Bought by such love, my life is not my own.
My praise – my all – shall be for Christ alone.
His robes for mine: what cause have I for dread?
God’s daunting Law Christ mastered in my stead.
Faultless I stand with righteous works not mine,
Saved by my Lord’s vicarious death and life.
His robes for mine: God’s justice is appeased.
Jesus is crushed, and thus the Father’s pleased.
Christ drank God’s wrath on sin, then cried “‘Tis done!”
Sin’s wage is paid; propitiation won.
His robes for mine: such anguish none can know.
Christ, God’s beloved, condemned as though His foe.
He, as though I, accursed and left alone;
I, as though He, embraced and welcomed home!
His Robes for Mine
Words: Chris Anderson
Music: Greg Habegger
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Used by permission (source)
Sheet music here
Enjoy and appreciate the BJU Chorale’s rendering: