When I See The Blood


(Exodus 12:13) “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”

When I see the blood

Christ our Redeemer died on the cross,
Died for the sinner, paid all his due;
Sprinkle your soul with the blood of the Lamb,
And “I will pass, will pass over you.”

Chorus:
“When I see the blood, When I see the blood,
When I see the blood, I will pass, I will pass over you.

Chiefest of sinners Jesus will save –
All He has promised, that He will do;
Wash in the fountain opened for sin,
And “I will pass, will pass over you.”

Judgment is coming, all will be there,
Each one receiving justly his due;
Hide in the saving, sin cleansing blood,
And “I will pass, will pass over you.”

O great compassion! O boundless love!
O loving kindness, faithful and true!
Find peace and shelter under the blood,
And “I will pass, will pass over you.”

This is one of those songs that I love so much, but surprisingly until very recently when my wife came home singing one of the hymns for the Glory Voices, I had never heard this great hymn before. I therefore, begun researching about this song. It was not easy finding information on this hymn. I finally gathered a little about it. This is a hymn that takes the concept of God passing over the Israelites during the last plague of Egypt and applies it to salvation in Christ is “When I See The Blood” The text was written and the tune was composed both by John G. Foote (19th c.). Very little is known about the author/composer or the background of the song. It was published around 1892 by the Foote Bros. but never copyrighted. In fact, a note often accompanying the song reads, “Not copyrighted. Let no one do so. May this song every be free to be published for the glory of God.”

The song emphasizes the importance of the blood of Christ in our salvation.

I. Stanza 1 talks about the death of Christ.
“Christ, our Redeemer, died on the cross, Died for the sinner, paid all his due;
All who receive Him need never fear, Yes, He will pass, will pass over you.”

  1.     One of the cardinal facts of scripture is that Christ died on the cross: Rom. 5.8
  2.     This death was sacrifical because He died for our sins: 1 Cor. 15.3
  3.     Therefore, those who receive Him can become children of God: Jn. 4.12-13

II. Stanza 2 talks about the salvation of Christ.
“Chiefest of sinners, Jesus can save, As He has promised, so will He do;
O sinner, hear Him, trust in His word, Then He will pass, will pass over you.”

  1.     Paul said that Christ came to save even the chief of sinners: 1 Tim. 1.15
  2.     And this He will do because He has promised it: Heb. 10.23
  3.     But to receive this salvation, the sinner must hear and trust: Matt. 17.5

III. Stanza 3 talks about the judgment of Christ.
“Judgment is coming, all will be there, Who have rejected, who have refused;
O sinner hasten, let Jesus in, Then God will pass, will pass over you.”

  1.     Another cardinal fact of scripture is that judgment is coming: Acts 17.30-31
  2.     Everyone will be there, including those who have rejected God: 2 Cor. 5.10
  3.     Because of this coming judgment, we should let Jesus in: Rev. 3.20

IV. Stanza 4 talks about the compassion of Christ.
“O what compassion, O boundless love! Jesus hath power, Jesus is true;

  1.       All who believe are safe from the storm, O He will pass, will pass over you.”
  2.       What Jesus did for us, He did because of His boundless love: 1 Jn. 3.16
  3.     And the power of Jesus’s love to save us is found in the gospel: Rom. 1.16

Therefore, all who truly believe in Him are safe. In the third line of stanza 3, Crum changed “all who believe” to “all who obey.” However, if we understand that the Biblical concept of “believe” refers to all of our response to God’s commands, including our obedience, that we might be saved, then there should be no problem using the original, even as Jesus used it: Jn. 3.16.

The chorus then reminds us that just as God passed over the Israelites during the death of the firstborn in Egypt because they had sprinkled the blood on their doorposts and lintels, so He will pass over us if we are washed in the blood of the Lamb.

“When I see the blood, When I see the blood,
When I see the blood, I will pass, I will pass over you.”

Not only should we encourage others to be cleansed in the blood of Christ, but also we who are Christians can be thankful for what God has promised us when He tells us, “When I See The Blood.”

When God sees one washed in the blood of Christ, God no longer remembers his or her sins.

As one reflects back upon the deliverance of the children of Israel, one cannot help but recall the words of God: “And when I see the blood, I will pass over you”  (Exodus 12:13). Fifteen hundred years later, one is confronted, not with the blood of bulls and goats, but rather with the blood of the Lamb of God, namely Jesus (John 1:36). Throughout the writings of the New Testament, one observes the authors establishing the validity of their ideas through the citation of Scriptures from the Old Testament.

The blood of Christ purchased men and women for God from every nation upon earth. Today, as in heaven, God’s people still sings songs about the blood of Christ. As one reflects upon Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, one can never forget the events leading up to the Passover. Prior to the Passover, one reads about the angel of God that destroyed all the firstborn in Egypt that were not covered by the blood.  The Israelites were instructed to kill a lamb and to smear the blood upon the sides and tops of the doorframes. Then one reads one of the most famous sayings from God in all of the Old Testament: “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”

Today, Christians are freed from God’s wrath through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus. Yes, Jesus is the Lamb of God offered by God for the sins of humanity. God provided and offered the sacrifice—Jesus. Do you praise God for redemption made available through His shed blood? What does the blood of Christ mean to you? Are you conscious that through the blood of Christ there is life, not death? If you do not avail yourself of Christ’s blood, the judgment of God against you rings loud and clear—damnation. Do you stand in awe of such grace, such mercy, and such love? Do you want God to pass over your sins? If so, one can only find forgiveness through the precious blood of Christ.

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