The Blood Dripped

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The blood dripped on the broken ground,
Covering the sand and stones,
With each drop the earth trembled,
And the Son of Man groaned.

The blood dripped and the dust was stirred,
Moved by Great Weight and the Wind,
The dust was blown away by Love,
For this Man had never sinned.

The blood dripped as the flies gathered,
To drink from the Son of God,
Their feet washed by His royalty,
A foretaste of what’s to come.

The blood dripped as He breathed His last,
Under a darkened sky,
Then it flowed down the metal spear,
Mixed with water from His side.

The blood dripped on the rough cut wood,
Made for murderers and thieves,
The tree without roots would bear fruit,
Nourished by the Prince of Peace.

The blood dripped, the blood dripped,
From the Son of God…

Behind the lines

Hebrews 9:22…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

By The Blood Of The King

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The sin of Adam was passed on to me,
Debt handed down from a long family tree,
I was bankrupt working for the things of men,
Earning the payment for the wages of sin.

But Christ paid my debt at Calvary,
I was bought by the blood of the King,
Chosen in love, adopted and redeemed,
I was bought by the blood of the King.

An inheritance was given to me,
I’m sealed with the Spirit, my guarantee,
I’m an heir with Christ, but so undeserving,
No longer bound by sin, yet I’m still struggling.

This inheritance for sinners like us,
Brothers and sisters in the family of God,
And we were once dead, but now we’re alive,
Buried and raised with the Lord Jesus Christ.

For Christ paid our debt at Calvary,
We were bought by the blood of the King,
Chosen in love, adopted and redeemed,
We were bought by the blood of the King,
We were bought by the blood of the King,
We were bought by the blood – of the King.

Behind the lines

Co-written with David Ennis, Drew Pearce, and Kevin Schultz.

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
(Galatians 4:4-7 ESV)

Clothed

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I was kneeling on holy ground,
Beneath the Judge’s stand,
They asked me where my clothes came from;
I pointed to the Lamb.

“My clothing comes from His sweet name,”
I spoke with trembling lips,
“I’m sorry about all the stains,”
O God of Righteousness.

“They happened when I saw His cross,
And gory nakedness,
That’s where He took my clothes away,
Then gave me these for dress.

He told me never to despair,
Or fear the dark abyss,
But I know these aren’t mine to wear,
I’ve earned a death like His.”

The gavel sounded in the Court,
As I knelt by the throne,
Wearing clothes I could not afford,
With stains that weren’t my own.

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I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10 ESV)

Sweat and Blood

jesus-2437571_1920The cross would weigh as Jesus prayed,
In agony, “take this from me,”
Is there a way, some other way,
Sin can be paid?

It’s only by Your sweat and blood,
Holy, only Son of God,
It’s only by Your blood,
Only by Your blood,
For Calvary’s hill,
Was the Father’s will,
The Father’s will,
To shed Your blood.

Betrayer’s kiss on Righteousness,
Falsely accused, beaten and bruised,
There was no way, no other way,
Sin could be paid.

By sweat and blood and endless love,
You took Wrath’s cup and drank it up,
You are the way, the only way,
Our sins are paid.

Behind the lines

(Luke 22:39-48 ESV)

[39] And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. [40] And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” [41] And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, [42] saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” [43] And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. [44] And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. [45] And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, [46] and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

[47] While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, [48] but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”

Bloodstained

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You wrote on the door of my heart,
With bloodstains of the Lamb,
You freed me from captivity,
And the journey began.

You have called me out of the dark,
Repentant of my sin,
You have redeemed me in Your love,
With mercy without end.

Your mercy never ends,
Your mercy never ends.

I am bloodstained,
Bloodstained by the Lamb,
Covered in mercy,
Painted by Your hand.

You will lead me through deep waters,
And shut them back again,
You will guide me through desert sands,
To see the Promised Land.

I long for the milk and honey,
Free from the world of sin,
But most of all You will be there,
I’m eager for the Lamb.

One journey over,
A new one begins,
Forever with You,
In the Promised Land.

Behind the lines

I love the Passover story and how God displayed His power over all the Egyptian gods before freeing Israel.

It also correlates so well to those freed from sin by the blood of Christ. May we give Him praise for His grace and mercy and thank Him for leading us out of captivity.

Even though we are free, we will struggle much like the Israelites did until we reach the Promised Land. However, once we are there we won’t have to fight for the land. God is preparing a place for us.

Have your sins been removed by the bloodstains of the Lamb? Are you eager to see Him in the Promised Land?

Final Plea

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Holy, Everlasting Father,
Please hear this final plea,
Through the Living Mediator,
Broken I come to Thee.

Precious Savior, You know my heart,
You know about this pain,
You planned this from eternity,
Long before You were slain.

I may not see the next hour,
For You give ev’ry breath,
I do not know how much longer,
But there is certain death.

So take away this sickness, Lord,
Take away sin’s disease,
And may Your will be done once more,
This is my final plea.

Thank you for giving life to me,
Thank you for daily bread,
But most of all thank you for grace,
And the blood that You shed.

Lord, lay me down in green pastures,
Raise me up on that day,
For I will be healed forever,
Because You once were slain.

Behind the lines

We all face death unless the Lord returns, but we don’t know when either will take place. This hymn is a final plea for a broken and worn out body.  We will succumb to the disease of the fall of man. Suffering and a final breath will come to us, yet there is hope in Christ (the second Adam). Those in Christ will experience a future state of healing, restoration, and joy because of what He has done.

Until that final day and future state of complete healing may we  serve Him faithfully and cling to the promises we have in God’s Word. May we say with the Psalmist:

Let my cry come before you, O LORD;
give me understanding according to your word!

Let my plea come before you;
deliver me according to your word.
(Psalm 119:169-170 ESV)

If you have an opportunity for a final plea what will you pray?

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