Come and see, come and see (StF 270)

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Come and see, come and see 

Source: Singing the Faith: 270
Words: Graham Kendrick
Music: Graham Kendrick
Metre: Irregular
Verses: 3

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2 Responses to Come and see, come and see (StF 270)

  1. Martin Smith says:

    I sang this for the first time today. Graham Kendrick is one of my favourite hymn writers, his words are usually worth singing and thinking about. So when Graham Kendrick and St Peter seem to be at odds I am given cause for thought. How is the line “For us he was made sin” reconciled with 1 Peter 2 v 22 ‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.’?
    It is my understanding that as a human being Jesus was tempted but that he, unlike the rest of humanity, he never succumbed temptation.

    • Editor says:

      We don’t have a definitive answer to your query but this thought may help.

      The passage you quote from 1 Peter 2 v 22 (itself a quotation from the Hebrew prophets) is being used in this context rather precisely to indicate the kind of behaviour a slave in Roman times should adopt even (or especially) in the face of unjust punishment. “Committing no sin” is model behaviour.

      However, Graham Kendrick appears to be using the word “sin” as shorthand for the “guilty world” referred to in the previous line (“We worship at your feet, where wrath and mercy meet, and a guilt world is washed by love’s pure stream”). Jesus, in his humanness, becomes fully part of a world which is (and some theologians would question this) by its fallen nature sinful. Christ lives within that context and in this sense “was made sin”. Some may feel that Graham’s poetry (and the need for a rhyme?) does indeed make this line misleading.

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