As mentioned in a previous post, 2013 has been named the Year of the Hymn by our worship team. I’ve really been enjoying Ben’s new twists on old favorites (and I’m not just saying that because he’s now my husband!) This past Sunday we sang ‘Victory in Jesus’ and, though that hymn usually reminds me of an old timey church somewhere in mountains of Kentucky, I heard the words anew.
I heard an old, old story
How a Savior came from glory
How he gave his life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me
I heard about His groaning,
Of his precious blood’s atoning
Then I repented of my sin
And won the victory
Oh, victory in Jesus,
My Savior forever
He sought me and he bought me
With his redeeming blood
He loved me, ere I knew him
And all my love is due him
He plunged me to victory
Beneath the cleansing flood
I heard about his healing
Of his cleansing pow’r revealing
How he made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see
And then I cried, “Dear Jesus,
Come and heal my broken spirit.”
And somehow Jesus came and brought
To me the victory!
This song, as familiar as it is, still paints us a beautiful picture of the atonement if you truly hear the words. The Bible tells us we are born dead in our sins, meaning we can’t do anything but sin. We are naturally more obsessed with satisfying our own desires rather than desiring the Lord being satisfied in Him (Ephesians 2:1). We run away from God, for which the wages is death (Romans 6:23).
How, then, do we gain the ability to glorify God and not ourselves? How do our souls become spiritually alive – truly alive? Through the victory Jesus secured on the cross. We couldn’t change our hearts on our own, we had to be sought and bought with His redeeming blood. We were loved before we knew Him, and all our love is due Him. Have you received Christ’s secured victory?
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 15:56-57 ESV)