I was reading this morning when Pandora played Nothing But the blood of Jesus. I love the simplicity of these lyrics. It takes all the things I’m worried about in life like what do people think of me and the future of Manhattan Pres. It also takes all the things that I should be worried about like sin and right standing before God and it points to the one universal solution. The Blood of Jesus.
Hebrews 9:22 “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”
Isaiah 1:18, “Says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
I like to think visually. As much as I love words, I love when concepts are displayed without words. So I tried to make a symbol for this. My first version was like the one above except the heart was little and below the blood droplet and it was black. It was a symbol of my heart just before the blood of Christ transformed it. I thought that was too focused on looking back though and the song points to what is real, and what is true at this moment so I kept thinking until the version at the top of the page.
What was really fun was I made this at home while Sadie Piper sat over my shoulder and watched. I asked her about it and she figured it out. She read the words and then without missing a beat she sang the next line of the Hymn. On the first version she said she didn’t like the black heart, I told her I didn’t either.
I want to meditate on this today. The Blood of Jesus and nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What will take away my sin? Nothing but the blood.
What will take away my anxiety? Nothing but the blood.
It bought me access to God through prayer and it transformed me from creation of God to child of God.
It made me His, I now belong to God and I can only look to the blood of Jesus for this most precious gift we have to be thankful for.