“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.
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.