Those He saves are His delight, Christ will hold me fast;
Precious in his holy sight, He will hold me fast.
He’ll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last;
Bought by Him at such a cost, He will hold me fast.
For my life He bled and died, Christ will hold me fast;
Justice has been satisfied; He will hold me fast.
Raised with Him to endless life, He will hold me fast
‘Till our faith is turned to sight, When He comes at last!
– Verse 2 and 3 of He Will Hold Me Fast by Ada R. Habershon, Robert Harkness, and Matthew Merker.
In verse 1 we saw that Jesus holds us fast in spite of our many insufficiencies and weaknesses. When our hands fail to grasp a hold of our Savior because of our doubts and fears, we are reminded that His hands sustain us by God’s power. But Verse 2 goes further, it gives us insight as to why Jesus holds us fast. Is it because we have earned a particular status before God? Is it because we have loved Him enough? Is it because we’ve held fast in our own strength and by our own efforts. No. Just as we previously saw in verse 1, our lives are like ships constantly tossed on the waves of sin, uncertainty, and instability. We are a people constantly wavering and the only way that we remain steadfast is because of Christ our Anchor. We can take no credit for our perseverance, and if Jesus is to hold us fast, it must be for reasons not found within us.
This verse tells us that Jesus holds us fast because He delights in us. His saving us isn’t simply a disconnected and cold transaction between differing parties. It pleases Him to secure us. He delights in rescuing us from the perilous clutches of sin. Furthermore, He holds us fast because in spite of our corrupted souls and our darkened hearts, in Jesus we are seen as precious in his holy sight. Just think about that, when the gaze of a perfectly holy God should consume us and destroy us, we instead are seen as precious and valued. When our souls deserved to be lost in a wilderness of God’s wrath and justice, Jesus promises something much better for those who trust in Him. He says that “I will not lose one of all those God has given me, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
This love that Jesus bestows on us isn’t without a cost. For a Holy God to love unlovely sinners, it didn’t come without a price, and verse 3 tells us that that price was the very life of Jesus spilled in the place of our lives. Because of our sin and our transgression before God, we deserved death and God’s perfect justice. But instead, when the overwhelming flood of God’s wrath stood against us, and when the rains of God’s justice threatened to pour out on us, the barricade that is our Savior held us fast from slipping away into destruction. He took upon Himself the punishment that we deserved and He satisfied the justice that we could never quench. Surely if Jesus has held us fast in His death, how much more will He secure us in His resurrection. Because He has been raised by God, we too will be raised to endless life at His second coming. Our faith will be turned to sight on that day when we see the pierced hands that have taken our punishment, and have protected us in holding us fast.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”