Songs for November 8th 2015
We finish John 6 this week.
60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” 71 He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.
There’s Power in the Blood – “Would you be free from the burden of sin? There’s power in the blood.” The answer to the question without Jesus’ atoning sacrifice is NO. If Jesus had not died on our behalf we would still be under the burden of sin. Beside the fact this song is rich in the theology of Substitutionary Atonement, it is also extremely fun to sing. If we have been saved from eternal punishment and given eternal life with an all-loving God, let’s be joyful in our singing.
At the Cross – We have sung this song once before, and it also highlights substitutionary atonement in saying: “At the cross, wrath was taken away, and Christ was in our place. Oh, what marvelous grace. At the cross, justice was supplied by the blood of Christ and forever we will praise.”
Jesus, Thank you – This song makes me so grateful that God is not like me. With Allison and I about to have our baby girl, it would be highly unlikely that I would forsake my daughter to allow someone else into my family. God loves us so much that He, the perfect holy one, crushed his son and drank the bitter cup (of death) reserved for me.
Nothing but the Blood – This is a new song with familiar lyrics. It starts by saying “your blood speaks a better word than all the empty claims I’ve heard upon this earth. It speaks righteousness for me, and stand in my defense. Jesus, it’s your blood.” Our salvation is not what we have done. God does not look at the good things we have done and declares us righteous as long as we do more good than bad. God says, there’s nothing you can do to be made right. There must be payment for disobeying God’s law. In the Old Testament, this was done through blood sacrifice and by the shedding of blood man’s sins were taken away. It was not a perfect sacrifice so they regularly had to perform blood sacrifices. Fast forward to the New Testament and the blood sacrifice is still the case, but now there is a perfect sacrifice: Jesus Christ. His blood speaks a better word than all the empty claims we’ve heard upon this earth. His blood testifies in faith, and tells of the Father’s heart to make a way for us. Now BOLDY we approach. Not earthly confidence. It’s only by His blood.
It is Well – Because of all that we have sung and Christ being our hope, for believers, it is well with our souls. When it’s peaceful, when we have sorrows, when trials come, and even when Christ returns, it is well with our souls, and from this, let us be faithful in God’s plan to reach the world through his people. Let us be obedient in taking the gospel to the ends of the earth, starting with your neighbor, your co-worker, or your classmate.