So many hymns talk about blood. And that picture has a certain “ick” factor. One familiar hymn reveals the paradox: Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Another similar hymn was one of the praise songs in our summer VBS program. Each day the 100 elementary kids belted out the jazzed up version of this gospel tune with an accompaniment CD that turned the familiar hymn into an upbeat rap song.
However, on day four of VBS, the focus became serious as we learned of Jesus’ death and resurrection. As worship leader, I was instructed by the booklet to begin the hymn but without the CD. I was supposed to simply sing the opening as a solo and watch for what happened. Apprehensive, I began a cappella, “What can wash away my sin?” I waited and in amazement listened as a hundred children’s voices echoed the answer, “Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” Hearing kids sing that simple truth, is a moment I will never forget.
My question had only one answer. Jesus washed away our sin by sacrificing Himself on the cross as the Lamb of God. The song is timeless because the answer to the question will never change. Do you know the answer?
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus
This is all my hope and peace Nothing but the blood of Jesus
This is all my righteousness 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
Lord, it is nothing but YOUR blood. Wash us white as snow. Be all our hope and peace and all our righteousness. You are the Answer.