Yesterday, we looked at Channels Only, which is not that well-known of a hymn for the church. Today, we look at a more well-known hymn, There Is Power in the Blood.
This is why I love hymnals. They include songs like this one! If you missed my post 3 Reasons Why I Love Hymnals from this morning you should check it out.
“Lewis Edgar Jones graduated from Moody Bible Institute, in Chicago, in the same class as famed evangelist Billy Sunday. Jones became actively involved in the YMCA, holding various positions in that organization over the years. His hymn writing (of both words and music) was a sideline, but he produced quite a few songs that were published, writing under a variety of pen names, such as Lewis Edgar, Edgar Lewis, Mary Slater, and more. The song for which he is best known today is There Is Power in the Blood.” – Robert Cottrill
American’s seem to be growing more and more sensitive. So, sensitive has American Christianity become that some churches won’t even sing about the wonderful truth of Christ’s blood shed for mankind. They will deem it inappropriate for children, too gruesome for one to picture in their mind, or it simply sounds horrific. Yet, the Bible speaks on the requirements for the shedding of blood to atone for sin. In the Old Testament, it was the blood of animals that would cover the sin of God’s people. In the New Testament, there is a final sacrifice offered up once and for all. It was Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and the shedding of his blood that forever cleanses his people.
Hebrews 9:11–14 (ESV)
11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
Hebrews 10:12 (ESV)
12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
Praise the Lord for the blood of Christ! It has washed us clean by its power!
Here is some Alan Jackson again!
Or perhaps you would like Fernando Ortega’s version: