Remembering as a teenager, not long converted, finding myself in a church singing the words below. I had never heard them before, but they honoured the Christ I had met, who had saved me and brought eternal life, the life of God, to birth within me. The words also reaffirmed the call of God to preach the gospel, which had come to me on the day of my conversion.
The controversy around Billy Graham and “his” gospel have reminded me “tis all my business here below…to preach in life and cry in death, “Behold the Lamb.” Does a fire need stirred up, rekindled in you?
A minister wrote to me thanking me that something I said drew them back to their roots and reawakened their evangelical faith. They had become merely a community figure, which of course has its merits, but they had forgotten to be a preacher of the gospel of the cross. Thankful they wrote to share that with me.
“And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me.
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
’Tis myst’ry all: th’ Immortal dies:
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
He left His Father’s throne above—
So free, so infinite His grace—
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For, O my God, it found out me!
Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’ eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.”
God bless His fire within you.
Behold the Lamb upon His Throne !!
Because of Christ Jesus, and the Gospel of the Cross, I am my Beloved’s, and His alone, and He is mine, and nothing in all creation can separate me from His Love, for His Word says so, and His Word does not lie, for He is not a man that would lie, nor a son of man that would change his mind, and if He could save and rescue and redeem me, He can save and rescue and redeem anyone and everyone who but would call out to Him !!!
Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine !!
Not that I have done anything good or of worth by my own merits, but that He in His Great Love and Amazing Grace, went to the Cross for me, and for all who would but call on His Name !!
Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to His Cross I cling !!
As another songwriter says, Outrageous Grace !!
He is the exact opposite of mean !!!
Thank you; Thank you; Thank you for this blog! I was needing to see the words of this Hymn again and then sing it; albeit internally.
Would that I could have sung them from the roof tops! Blessings,