Nothing but the Blood of Jesus

As the snow piled higher and higher yesterday, the Rosanos were busy building a masterfully crafted snow igloo/fort from which to fight off our enemies who were quickly approaching from land, air and sea. The delightful sounds of children at work in this way were many: squeals with delight as the walls were going up, startled crying with the occasional face-plant in the snow, eager expressions of “look at this!” or “”help me over here!” But as we were busy about our duties in the defense of our home, there was one sound that I noticed which warmed my heart in a way the others hadn’t. A child, lost in her work, was humming and singing. As she sung, the appropriateness of the words sunk deeply into my heart. The music and additional lyrics are here.

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

Refrain:

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

What defense has the soul of man? What garrison will provide refuge from the wrath of the Almighty? Under what embattlements will we hide, and what armor will we don that will extinguish the missiles of accusation launched by Satan? No barricks, bullworks or defenses of any kind erected by the sinner will prove to be a safe haven for the soul, satisfy the justice of God and remove the guilty stain of sin.

And so my distracted daughter, imagination lost in her wintery wonderland, was singing, “What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

On a day when home-bound saints can’t sing together, I pray that there is a gospel song in your heart and in your home. When we experience separation in life, know that the Bible points us to one who sticks closer than a brother.

“But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers.” (Heb. 2:10-11)

When you marvel at the mystery of the incarnation, consider also the purpose of God in it.

“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not the angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” (Heb. 2:14-17)

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