Eph. 1:7 ¶ In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
I love to look at the variety of movies that portray the suffering and death of Jesus. I know its hard to look at, but once you have been washed in His blood, it becomes impossible not to look at. I guess I am partial to these crucifixion scenes portrayed in movies because of the role one of them played in my life. My wife Parris and I got saved after watching the film version of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was the crucifixion scene that got me. In that rendition, Christ was surrounded by modern day long haired guys wearing some sort of hard hat. Following that scene was music with famous artists’ renditions of the death of Christ. That’s when it hit me. The fountain of my tears began to flow, I was experiencing the power of forgiveness through His blood for the first time. I was being made brand new.
Years later the movie ‘The Passion of the Christ’ was released. Again, the suffering of Christ in that movie effected me deeply. The visual image of Christ suffering in my place is more than I can bare, but I still have to look. William Cowper had tasted of the power of the blood of Jesus in his own life in England in the 1700′s. From His encounter with forgiveness of sins he wrote this timeless song, There is a Fountain, that is still being sung in churches today. Check out his song, look closely, this song may actually be yours.
There is a fountain filled with blood,
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins,
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains.
The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in His day;
And there have I, though vile as he,
Washed all my sins away.
Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood
Shall never lose its pow’r,
Till all the ransomed church of God
Are safe, to sin no more.
E’er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.
When this poor, lisping, stamm’ring tongue
Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save.
Every year as we celebrate Easter our thoughts return to the suffering, death, and the glorification of Jesus. Have you tasted the power of redemption? Are you enjoying the benefits purchased for us by His precious blood? William Cowper was haunted by bouts with depression throughout his life. The anchor of his soul that kept him through those days was the salvation he experienced when he was plunged beneath the flood flowing from Immanuel’s veins. The Lord helped Cowper through the strength, encouragement, and wisdom of his pastor John Newton. Newton also knew the power of forgiveness, he had been delivered and forgiven for his evolvement in the slave trade. He also wrote a song from his experience that you may know. His song was called Amazing Grace.