My Surety Stands

Before the throne my Surety stands, before the throne my Surety stands … my name is written on His hands.”

Those are amazing words penned by Charles Wesley.

Surety.

We don’t often use that word, surety.  What does it mean?  Surety is, in one sense, a security against loss or damage or for the payment of a debt. It is a pledge or bond or guarantee.  But an even better definition (from the World English Dictionary) is this:

a person who assumes legal responsibility for the fulfillment of another’s debt or obligation
and himself becomes liable if the other defaults.

That’s the Gospel in a word.

We have certainly defaulted and yet Jesus assumed legal responsibility for our debt; He assumed the fulfillment of our debt and obligation; He became liable for us.

That is what we celebrate in the Ascension of our Lord – the certainty that we are loved, forgiven and accepted by God because of Christ; that our names are written on His hands and therefore, before the throne of God, our Surety stands.

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