Turned Off By the Blood?

I have one more thought about the blood of Jesus and the collection of hymns that speak to it and then tomorrow on to a different topic. It seems that some are turned off by the reference to the blood of Jesus. Some say that people are turned off by talking about the blood of Jesus and it just sounds “icky”.   This is interesting to me in a time and culture where vulgarity and violence are displayed and even celebrated in music and video. I hope you’re not turned off by the blood of Jesus. In the hymn, Nothing But […]

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Power In the Blood

There is a collection of hymns that feature the word “blood” prominently in the title. They are grouped together in the hymnal I am using: “There Is Power in the Blood”, “Are You Washed in the Blood”, “I Know a Fount”, “O the Blood of Jesus” and the list goes on. What is it about the “blood” that is so important? I’ll let the first stanza of There’s Power in the Blood say it for me: “Would you be free from the burden of sin? There’s power in the blood, power in the blood. Would you over evil a victory […]

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Do You See What I See?

There are so many hymns about the cross of Jesus that I just can’t skip over too many of them…the topic is too important. The hymn I’d like you to think about today is When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. The first thought I have is the combination of the words “wondrous” and “cross”. No one would ever have paired these two words together before the resurrection of Jesus. The cross was an instrument of death and yet after the resurrection it is associated with life, wonderful life. Each stanza of this hymn is amazing. I’ll focus on the last […]

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Why Wander from the Cross?

I’m in a section of the hymnal that contains many hymns about the cross of Jesus Christ. I don’t plan on writing something on each of these hymns as their messages are very similar. One of the favorites of the church is Near the Cross. The familiar (to many) refrain is this: “In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever. Til my raptured soul shall find rest beyond the river”. But it’s the first six words of verse 1 that got my attention this morning: “Jesus keep me near the cross…” If the cross is so wonderful and […]

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Time Travel

Ok, there really isn’t a hymn about time travel; however, the hymn, Were You There? asks each of us a question related to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Each stanza of the hymn begins with the words “Were you there…”. First, were you there when they crucified my Lord?   Second, were you there when they nailed Him to the tree? Third, were you there when they laid him in the tomb? Fourth, were you there when God raised Him from the tomb? I don’t think that the writer of the hymn is speaking of regular time travel but […]

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What a Savior!

The hymn, Hallelujah, What a Savior! is one of my favorites as far as lyrics are concerned. The first three verses of this hymn highlight the sin of mankind. Perhaps the most poignant one is the third stanza: “Guilty, helpless, lost were we; blameless Lamb of God was he, sacrificed to set us free, Hallelujah, what a Savior!” In my opinion those are some powerful words. The contrast between a sinner like myself and a Savior like Jesus is so clear. It doesn’t cause me to feel bad about myself. The language that the Bible uses to describe sinful mankind […]

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The Son and Spirit

I decided that I would begin to include a link to youtube videos for each hymn if you would like to listen to the hymn instead of just reading the lyrics. Today’s hymn, There Is a Redeemer, is a hymn that has a great refrain: “Thank you O my Father, for giving us Your Son, and leaving Your Spirit til the work on earth is done”. There is a connection between the redeeming work of Jesus Christ and the day to day work of the Holy Spirit. We are redeemed by the blood of Jesus. Jesus is our Redeemer. But […]

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Paid in Full!

Those are great words to hear or read when you have a debt that you’ve been trying to pay; a car loan, a mortgage, a student loan. The words “paid in full” mean that you have fulfilled all of your obligation. Today’s hymn, Jesus Paid It All, reminds us that our sin debt has been paid in full by Jesus Christ. The chorus reads like this: “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain. He washed it white as snow”. Though some don’t seem to want to admit it, we are all sinners. […]

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The Story of Jesus

The hymn, Tell Me the Story of Jesus, is one of the many hymns written by Fanny Crosby. Fanny Crosby’s list of hymns is amazing and the lyrics to her hymns are theologically challenging and encouraging. This hymn tells the story of Jesus from birth to the resurrection. The refrain is this: “Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word. Tell me the story most precious, sweetest that ever was heard”. Let me ask you a question: What does the “story of Jesus” mean to you? I hope that the story of Jesus literally shapes your […]

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One Day

If you read the words to the hymn, One Day, also known as “Living He Loved Me”, and you are a fan of contemporary Christian music, you will recognize the words as almost identical to the Casting Crowns song, “Glorious Day”. The five stanzas of this hymn tell the entire redemption story, from the birth of Jesus to His glorious return. It really is a great hymn to meditate on for a while. Here is the chorus: “Living He loved me, dying He saved me, buried He carried my sins far away. Rising He justified freely forever, one day He’s […]

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