I see his wounds and I’m undone…
The church needs more music about the atonement. You know the crucifixion, the blood, the Wounds. All of it. I mean we have some great ones out there for sure. Since I like Lists:
- Andrae Crouch : The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power
- Hymns: Nothing But The Blood, Oh The Blood, At the Cross
- well, you know I could go on for a while so I will move on.
I love the atonement. I love everything it entails. There is so much in it, just thinking about it and I start to ramble. I think thats the Evangelist in my wanting to tell everyone about the Power in the Blood, The Power, Power, Wonder working power in the precious blood of the Lamb. It excites me. not in a masochistic way or some goth vampire story. No, when I think about the atonement, when I think of everything Jesus went through the beatings, the scars, the wounds on his back, the cross, the holes in his hand that were a visible sign of the fathers redemptive plan. I think of all of it and I just feel love well up inside me.
How can I not. Jesus himself said, “No greater love has any man than this, that he would lay down his life for his friend.” When I think about everything he did, and how it was all because I needed him to do it. I get overwhelmed. My good friend Dennis ‘Big D’ Betz shows the love of Jesus when he obeyed the command regularly. He tells the story like this;
“The Father looked down and saw us, and his heart broke because we were all broke. He knew he had to fix it, but he knew that it would not be an easy fix. He began to have an idea forming in him of how redemption could be made available, and how he could fix us. ‘Who wants to go for me, who wants to fix humanity and bring them back to me?’ Then Jesus jumped up out of his chair and with a tear in his eye he said, ‘Me, let me Go daddy, I love them, I want to marry them, and I will do anything to make that happen. Let me go, I will go for you.’ So the father allowed him to be born of the earth, a little baby laid down in a manger unable to help anyone, but he knew that when he grew up he would be able to do one single act and change everything. Jesus chose to die on the cross so that we could be married to him. and It was great.”
I could never tell it as well as Big D. He just has such joy when he tells it, that its amazing. But its the truth. The Cross was the single greatest act of love ever. Nothing will ever top this.
The reason behind this was simple, I was given a new worship CD from Josh White. It’s called Achor. One of the songs has a line, “I see his wounds and I’m undone.” I heard this line, heard it. I didn’t get sucked up to heaven in a vision, God didn’t descend upon me and show me the wounds, no just hearing the words and thinking about it was enough. I was wasted. The first time I listened to the song I was sitting in the Lobby of a McDonald’s which coincidentally is where I am now. I was glad I ws sitting in the invisible corner, because I was a mess the thought of the wounds of Christ was enough to ruin me. It took some time to regain my composure.
I honestly have no idea what I am writing this blog for, Its not some deep new revelation. Its not a long teaching, its a legitimate ramble actually, but There is a stirring inside of me to dwell more on the atonement. The Apostle over my ministry is writing a booklet on the atonement and the deep revelations God has given her about it. This is not that, its simply a chance for me to pour out my insides on a McDonald’s Table.
For those of you who are wondering, the CD this song is on is called Achor by Josh White. It comes out Next week and you should definately listen, its a raw living-room feel and as I listen I feel like I am lying face-down on the floor right next to the team as they pour out everything they have at the feet of Jesus. I will be writing up a full review of the album soon. Well, I guess my ramble is over for now.