This song is about forgiveness. The title of this song is directly translated into Crime and Punishment and is sung by Semmi Cheng and Vanness Wu, who are both very popular singers and actors in China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. After they experience the salvation of Christ and consequently became Christians, they start to share their faith boldly through their music, pop news interviews and other forms of media. It is amazing to see how the grace of God penetrates the secular media markets and influence this generation with the power of His love.
My most adored, would you forgive me?
would you save my soul?
Before I was proud and rebelled against you
I would lose myself and shout at you often
Now I pray although I am not worthy of this grace
Please guide me in Your way of life
I’m holding my hand in the shape of a fist, no hope.
The media is full of death and revenge
Belief is only about seeing
That’s just how the world is
Focus on achievement but forget about salvation
People fight hard just to satisfy the self
When did I also become so demoralized?
The hope of revival dropped into the depths of the lust
The sin I have, I don’t dare to see
I can’t believe that you are willing to shed your blood for us
Is it worth you doing so?
Don’t you worry that I will forget?
I might fail again and again
Don’t you tell me that it is worth all You’ve done
I should pay the punishment for the mistake I made
You are pure and without sin, but you paid your life to redeem my life.
I am nobody, why do you want to be the target
The most high who I adore, can you forgive me?
The sin that I am scared to see
Here I come, home
All sins are crucified. All tears will be forgotten
You are God but became a man and saved my soul
You give up your throne and made me a testimony
Stay no longer in this veracious cycle
I will live for you, only for you
The conversation between good and evil
Cannot scared me, because you speak to me
The water you give will never run dry
The love you offer will never die
If only we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth
Everything impossible would become possible
People might think we are ridiculous
Because they do not understand what they have done
The hands of prayer, the hands of fists
Soon all will know who the true hero is
I am no one, but the one who was cursed
Oh heaven, we are punished because we sin
Yet, you carried all sin on the cross
You let me know
There is war in the world
In your name my heart and soul become strong
You want me to know
The world is changing
Still, I am not afraid in you
Perhaps the fear that is in our past controls us for so long that the truth which we hope to believe seems too strange to believe. We are struggling and blinded in the well of guilt, shame, self-pity and self-deprecation. Thankfully, God’s creation, salvation and revelation provide hope. God not only reveals all truth, but also acts as a counselor; the Holy Spirit walks alongside of us. The conversation between the good and evil is no longer in the same position, instead, God is on the throne proclaiming the truth and condemning evil. On the contrary, Satan is stuttering and trembling in the presence of most high God. For Christians, who believe they are saved by the grace of God, understand their identities are in Christ, and know that the authority to rule over the darkness of this world has been given to them. The war might continue, but because the assurance of His resurrection, Christians are not fighting with their flesh, but remain calm with a prayerful and hopeful heart. Because of the light of God the wickedness and weakness of Satan are exposed; they no longer have power to deceive Christians.
It was an eye opening experience for me when I first learned that humans are created in God’s image, and that He gives himself for us when we were still sinners and could not be trusted. Everything He has He gives to us, all His love and righteousness, His nature of relationship, the capacity to love, the ability to create, an identity of eternal means, as well as value and equality in Christ. Because he himself, the majestic King, brings all contentment, there is no other gift that can or will be even a little better than the gift of Himself. He is the most wonderful present that any human could ever receive. Just think of a best friend you have in your life in this world. Would you trust them so much that you are willing to give your name and identity to them? Moreover, think of a famous person that you admire a lot. Would that person want to meet or talk to you? Even if you have special opportunity to meet this person, do you think he or she would want to build a relationship with you or even take punishment for you? What a privilege we have to know the almighty God and to call ourselves ‘Christians’. If we recognize how much grace He has given us, and that every characteristic and ability he has are also inside of us, how much should we also recognize that we should, can, and will live faithfully in freedom of truth, giving thanks to Him always?