But the pains which he endured; Alleluia,
our salvation have procured; alleluia,
now above the sky he’s King; alleluia,
where the angels ever sing: alleluia!
I don’t normally criticize Charles Wesley, but ‘Now above the sky he’s king’ is very bad theology that gives a free rein to power-mad rulers below the sky while consigning the rule of Christ to some faraway place that many of them don’t even believe exists. The New Testament proclamation is ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to (Jesus)’. ‘Now in all the earth he’s king’ would be better—and if we took it seriously, the world would be a much more just and compassionate place.
(h/t to N.T. Wright, in various places.)