Redeeming Love Has Been My Theme

“I think of my blessed Redeemer. I think of Him all the daylong; I sing for I cannot be silent; His love is the theme of my song.” – Fanny Crosby

While seated in the choir loft of the Monument Street Methodist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, one Sunday morning in 1874, Elvina Hall was inspired to write the following words as her Pastor preached his sermon –

“Jesus Paid It All,
All To Him I Owe;
Sin Had Left a Crimson Stain –
He Washed It White As Snow.”

“Sin had left a crimson stain” –

These words remind us of the Scripture found in Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

The word “scarlet” means to shine. It denotes a bright red colour due to its appearance and splendour. It derives its hue from a worm or insect which can be found on the leaves of a shrub of the ilex group. It also carries the meaning of something being double-dyed, done twice, or twice-dipped.

In speaking to the people of Israel, God chose the word “scarlet” to depict the stain of sin as being a deep-seated, ingrained, fixed, definite, lasting, and permanent colour that nothing – dew, rain, washing, or long usage – could ever remove. No effort of man could take this stain away.

“Though your sins be as scarlet.” “Though they be red like crimson” – What is the difference between “scarlet” and “crimson”? “Scarlet” is a bright red colour; whereas, “crimson” is a red colour mixed with blue – a deep purplish red. Both colours denote an intensity of shade due to repeated drippings.

God compared the stain of sin to “scarlet” and “crimson” – a very strong dye which could never be removed by human means.

In light of man’s frailty to erase the stain of sin and God’s Mighty Power to do so, Robert Lowry, a popular Baptist Pastor, in 1876 penned these powerful words –

“What Can Wash Away My Sin?
Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus;
What Can Make Me Whole Again?
Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus.

Oh! Precious Is The Flow
That Makes Me White As Snow;
No Other Fount I Know,
Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus.”

Even before that time, in 1779, William Cowper, the renowned English writer, composed a similar hymn, exalting the Blood of Jesus as the only remedy for the stain of sin –

“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” – Is it possible? These stains that are so ingrained in the heart of man – can they actually be erased? Can sinners “lose ALL their guilty stains”?

Isaiah 1:18 – The Scriptures tell us that the stain of sin which is “as scarlet” and “red like crimson” shall be “as white as snow” and “as wool” and all because of the Blood of Jesus which has the Power to remove the “guilty stain.” Hallelujah! Praise the Lamb Forevermore!

It is no wonder that Fanny Crosby, the blind poetess who wrote 8,000 hymns, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote these famous words –

“Redeemed – How I Love To Proclaim It!
Redeemed By The Blood Of The Lamb;
Redeemed Thru His Infinite Mercy –
His Child, And Forever, I Am.

Redeemed, Redeemed,
Redeemed By The Blood Of The Lamb;
Redeemed, Redeemed,
His Child, and Forever, I Am.”

What does it mean to be “redeemed”? How does the Blood of Jesus redeem us from our sins?  Several Scriptures mention the redemption that is ours through Christ’s Blood –

  • Colossians 1:14 – “In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
  • Romans 3:24 – “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
  • Hebrews 9:12 – “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
  • 1 Peter 1:18-19 – “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

But what exactly does it mean to be “redeemed”? Here are some clear-cut definitions –

to be freed from the shackles of sin’s bondage
to be rescued from sin and death
to be delivered from sin and its evil consequences
to find forgiveness for sin
to purchase liberty for a slave by paying a price
to procure life for a captive.

The means of redemption was, is, and always will be the BLOOD OF JESUS.
It is the purchase-money, if you will.
It is the ransom.
It is the means by which we receive forgiveness for our sins.
It is the price paid to free us from the shackles of sin and Satan.

It is the highest imaginable bid that is offered for every sinner who stands as a slave on the trader’s auction block.

“Jesus Paid It All” – With Elvina Hall we can sing – “Lord, now indeed I find Thy pow’r, and Thine alone, can change the leper’s spots and melt the heart of stone.” “Nothing But The Blood” – With Robert Lowry we join and sing – “…for my cleansing this my plea – Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus.” “Redeemed” – With our sister Fanny Crosby, we find that we cannot be quiet when we think of how Jesus purchased us with His own shed Blood from Satan’s slave market – “Redeemed and so happy in Jesus; no language my rapture can tell: I know that the light of His presence With me doth continually dwell; I think of my blessed Redeemer, I think of Him all the daylong; I sing, for I cannot be silent; His love is the theme of my song.” “There Is A Fountain” – Lastly, we sing along with our brother William Cowper the words of his song – “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 –
…and shall be till I die,
and shall be till I die,
Redeeming Love has been my theme
and shall be till I die.”

May God Bless His Word


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