11 Apr 2019

The Splendor of the Season

Living in the mid-western portion of the United States, our winters can be very long and sometimes harsh. Although I love the Christmas holidays, once February arrives, I begin to long for the newness that Spring ushers in. However, admittedly if I am not careful, I can focus too much excitement on the green that takes the place of the brown, dead looking grass, the beautiful tulips, daffodils, forsythia bushes, and dare I leave out the beautiful blossoms of the tulip and magnolia trees. Over and above all the wonder of God’s beautiful creation during this season is the fact of His death, burial, and resurrection, that made it all possible for us to enjoy the beauty of life in all its splendor!

As I take time to focus on the real meaning of Passover and Easter, two hymns have been heavy on my mind that we do not sing very often anymore. The reason that we rarely hear many of the old hymns could be due to the popularity of contemporary music, or the fact that they do not easily fit into the flow of our modern service styles. Whatever the reason, their impact and the authenticity behind the lyrics not only still hold true but contain every bit of validity they had when they were first penned.

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins; and sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains. Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains; and sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains.

God’s Spirit may be flowing through our veins, but we are still very much human, and we do sin. Despite our best efforts, and desire to do good and be good, we still mess up and make errors in this life. But this beautiful hymn reinforces the fact that there is a fountain that we can immerse ourselves in that contains the precious blood of Immanuel that was first shed through His death on the cross that will cleanse us. This fountain of blood never dries up or even runs low because of the demand for it! It remains full to cancel every sin we could ever commit. It negates the condemnation and the accusations that Satan uses to plot our destruction. This blood not only heals, it delivers, and it saves!

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 its power. 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 power.

Once again, the songwriter is trying to convey to us that no matter what circumstance we find ourselves in, the blood of Jesus covers all! Our flesh gets weak due to the very nature of life and all the challenges that come with it. But even in our weakest moments, the blood of Jesus is our daily strength. If you only have faith enough to ask the Lord for your daily portion, He is the expert at giving you the daily “prescription” of specifically what you need. No matter the situation, or how long it persists, it WILL NEVER LOSE ITS POWER. There is no expiration date or shelf life to it. Its potency is at maximum level whenever you reach for it. It is easy to understand that when you’re in the valley of despair that you need His power to raise you. But always remember that even when you are on a natural or spiritual “high”, enjoying that mountain top experience we need the blood of Jesus to sustain us. It is because of His blood that we can enjoy success and allow the brilliance and brightness of it to shine through us that we may glorify Him!

Source: First Lady Denise