July 31 – Hymn Series

Nothing but the blood

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Many instances we come up empty. We push to do the right thing, make ends meet or think we’re on the right track. Then we get sidelined, or forced back to the beginning.

The popular Hymn, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus, says that only the saving power of Jesus can make us whole again.
Yet, literally speaking. How can blood wash away our faults?

In the early Jewish tradition, animals were sacrificed to remove sins. Found in Leviticus 1:1-3,
“The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting. He said, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When anyone among you brings an offering to the Lord, bring as your offering an animal from either the herd or the flock. “‘If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you are to offer a male without defect. You must present it at the entrance to the tent of meeting so that it will be acceptable to the Lord.”

It wasn’t until John the Baptist eventually declared: “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 (NIV).
As killing an animal cleansed sins in the Old Testament, the sacrifice of Jesus’ life fully covers our sins, again and again to this day.

“But when the Messiah arrived, high priest of the superior things of this new covenant, he bypassed the old tent and its trappings in this created world and went straight into heaven’s “tent”—the true Holy Place—once and for all. He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all.”
– Hebrews 9:11-13

He set us free, makes us whole, and white as snow. The picture of what the blood has done for us had Robert Lowry writing, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can my sin erase
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Naught of works, ’tis all of grace—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

Because of our new selves, we have peace, we have hope, we have second chances. We can start again, we can love, we are new. Every day a miracle, a gift by grace.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

So embrace this gift of life, we are blessed and made to bless, it is never too late, Jesus has shown us that through his story. We can always begin again.

Further Reading:

A powerful biblical segment that Jesus prayed for us- humanity, before he was seized and taken away to be killed.

“I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as we are—
I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way you’ve loved me.”

– John 17:20-23 (MSG)

4 Replies to “July 31 – Hymn Series”

  1. I read the LSA devotionals everyday – they have been challenging, inspiring and comforting and so much more. This Hymn series has touched my heart as the Lord speaks to me through music and I was raised on the hymns of the faith! We really MUST sing this hymn, this version! It made me want to dance and sing!

  2. Thank you for this hymn series,Brittany. It was so refreshing to hear the old hymns again, especially for those of us who were raised with them being sung all the time. God uses them and the deep meaning penned by the author to minister to us, even to this day.

  3. thanks, Brit. loved the theme of the recorded song which incorporated old and new melodies and powerfully presented Christ’s sacrifice for me and the new life He gives in return.

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