LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Friday, February 29, 2008

Sins Washed Away

Zechariah 13:1 On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

Children love to play and be washed in water fountains as the photo above demonstrates. The water cleans their sweaty and dirty bodies. The great hymn below also speaks of a cleansing fountain that washes sinners clean. All human beings have sinned and fall short of God’s glory and righteous standards. The Bible teaches there is no forgiveness of sins without the shedding of blood and that the Old Testament sacrificial system of animal sacrifice does not atone for sin. The book of Hebrews explains that the Old Testament sacrificial system pointed toward the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, as the savior who could make atonement for sin.

Praise God that he so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son to redeem sinners from the curse caused by sin. There simply was no other way that God could forgive the debt incurred by human sin. The great hymn below points to this great truth and gives some of the details and reasons the blood of Jesus on the cross of Calvary saves sinners. Just as children are attracted to the water fountain above, Christians are drawn to the fountain filled with the blood of our savior Jesus Christ. What peace, joy, and comfort it is for believers to know that all of their sins have been washed away by His redeeming love.

There is a Fountain Filled with Blood
Words by: William Cowper

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day;
And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away.
Washed all my sins away, washed all my sins away;
And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away.

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.
Be saved, to sin no more, be saved, to sin no more;
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.

E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.
And shall be till I die, and shall be till I die;
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.

Then in a nobler, sweeter song, I’ll sing Thy power to save,
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave.
Lies silent in the grave, lies silent in the grave;
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave.

Lord, I believe Thou hast prepared, unworthy though I be,
For me a blood bought free reward, a golden harp for me!
’Tis strung and tuned for endless years, and formed by power divine,
To sound in God the Father’s ears no other name but Thine.

7 Comments:

Blogger jazzycat said...

These great old hymns are such a comfort. I believe the comfort lies in the doctrinal truth that is proclaimed by the lyrics.

February 29, 2008 10:38 AM

 
Blogger GOODNIGHTSAFEHOME said...

A good post and a lovely hymn. I once read an extra verse in a gospel sermon - although I think (pretty sure, in fact) that another added it on and did not mean it to be sung:

The other thief refused to see
That fountain in that day
And there may you, as vile as he,
Throw your last chance away!


Regards,

February 29, 2008 1:55 PM

 
Blogger donsands said...

Unless we understand the sacrificial system God instructed Moses to implement, these wonderful words will be meaningless.

But when the Holy Spirit brings us to His Word, and reveals to us the truth of God's forgiveness, which only comes through the shedding of blood, and to understand that it must be "Emmanuel’s veins", and His blood alone which can cleanse us from our sins, then this hymn brings joy unspeakable to the heart.

And even the youngest babe in Christ can learn this truth, and love this truth. If fact, he shall love it, if he is a true child of Jesus Christ.

That was a nice post, and the photo is excellent as well Wayne.

February 29, 2008 3:13 PM

 
Blogger Baptist Girl said...

Great Post jazz.

And He never complained once, there is no love stronger then the love that hung on the cross.

Cristina

February 29, 2008 4:48 PM

 
Blogger The Walk said...

Well put, good post. So often it seems even Christians lose sight of this fundemental truth and fall into the habits of self-flagelation and hopelessly trying to be good enough. What wonderful, amazing news it is that He is broken for us in our brokenness.

February 29, 2008 9:27 PM

 
Blogger Doulos Christou said...

This really bears further comment... but I just want to say how much I appreciate your posts, and how deeply I appreciate your faithfully reminding us of the great truth in these hymns. My children are poorer for my generation's failure to give them the gift of this teaching tool.

March 02, 2008 8:05 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Thanks for all the nice comments and added points. Your encouragement is appreciated.
wayne

March 02, 2008 9:12 PM

 

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