Listening Through Lent: The Power of the Blood

“The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power”

Outside of medical references, our sophisticated culture finds the talk of blood to be rather crude and primitive.  We leave it to the British to speak of “bloody things”, using their sometimes profane expletive.  Indeed, even the language of our Christian faith has largely been “cleaned up”.  We may speak often of Jesus’ death, but descriptions of  the bloody carnage of the cross, are considered unnecessarily graphic – a play on people’s emotions.

But we do not really understand the work of Jesus on the cross, apart from the bloody background of the Old Testament, wherein nothing could be made holy except by the shedding of innocent blood.  So, Jesus’ death was the final, once-for-all, blood atonement which continues to cleanse us from sin.  If we listen, the New Testament often talks that way:
“Jesus suffered outside the gate 
in order to sanctify the people through his own blood.”
“You were not redeemed with silver or gold
but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish.”
“Jesus loves us 
and has freed us form our sins by his blood.”
“If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, 
we have fellowship with one another, 
and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Speaking of the blood of Jesus is just a shortcut way of speaking of his atonement.  And that atonement has far-reaching implications for our lives:
it is enough for all our sin;
it never wears out;
we never stray so far from God that we cannot be washed and reclaimed;
and the knowledge of that powerful redemption speaks peace to our troubled souls.

A little over 50 years ago, a 14 year old boy, in his first attempt to write a song, put those simple gospel truths to some music he had written; and so, Andrae Crouch’s song “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” was born.  It would be followed by over 300 more songs, but none would provide greater comfort and assurance to troubled souls than this one.

~Pastor Bert Hitchcock

The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power
Andraé Crouch

Verse 1:
The blood that Jesus shed for me, 
Way back on Calvary; 
The blood that gives me strength
From day to day, 
It will never lose it’s power.

Chorus:
It reaches to the highest mountain, 
It flows to the lowest valley; 
The blood that gives me strength
From day to day, 
It will never lose it’s power.Verse 2:
It soothes my doubts and calms my fears, 
And it dries all my tears; 
The blood that gives me strength
From day to day, 
It will never lose it’s power.
Or a more authentic and wonderful Black Gospel version, set in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

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