Praise and glorify our Lord God for His son saved us, in Jesus’ name.
We have come again at this time of the year when we commemorate all of Jesus’ suffering, to His crucifixion, memorial, and death. But more importantly, to His resurrection.
In observance of this year’s Lenten Season, I want to feature and share with you this gospel song of Hank Williams Sr. entitled, “Jesus Died For Me.” Let us try to talk about it, and I’m going to share a few thoughts.
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The Song: “Jesus Died For Me“
When everything goes wrong and it seems all hope is gone
I remember how my Savior died, He died there on the cross
So, this world would not be lost, Jesus died for me long ago
…goes this Hank Williams Sr gospel song. Hank Williams, more known as The Hillbilly Shakespeare, is well-known for his authenticity coupled with musicality when it comes to his gospel songs. He has this distinct voice that once you hear his songs, you’d never think twice about Hank Williams.
In this song, he narrated about Jesus suffering and dying on the cross. Acknowledging his sins (on behalf of the world), Williams professed in the song the sinful acts of humankind. Jesus’ blood dripped as He died for us…
Listen to Hank Williams’ “Jesus Died For Me” below.
“We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And GOD has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him…”
And this is what Jesus did. The fact that He lived, and walked on this earth is historically undeniable. There is more evidence of the existence of Jesus than there is of Julius Caesar.
He was born in Bethlehem, grew up as a carpenter, lived a perfect life never sinning once. Jesus loved & healed people, taught them about God and was then falsely accused and crucified by the Romans outside Jerusalem. He did all this willingly because He loved us so much that He wanted to save us from the judgment we deserve.
Jesus Died for Us Because He Loves Us
“Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).
Jesus died for the church. But for Jesus, the church is not an institution literally. Hence, it does not talk only about the building or just a certain organization. Jesus did not die for an institution; He died for individuals.
Jesus did that because He loves each person. Every sin Jesus bore on the cross had a name attached to it. They were real thoughts, attitudes, words, and actions. It was real anger, lust, evil motives, and murders. Some of these sins were yours. Some were mine.
The just penalty for our sin, the wrong things every one of us has done, is spiritual death. It means separation from God.
In the old testament times, God allowed animals to be sacrificed for the people’s sin and would accept the shed blood as a substitute for the people’s own life. But ever since man had first sinned, God planned a permanent solution. The ultimate sacrifice that could pay the punishment for everyone’s sin and see justice done.
The plan was this, to send his own son, Jesus who was himself, God, to be born as a human baby and live on this earth leading a perfect, sinless life. And when He had done this, to voluntarily offer His own life as a sacrifice to pay the penalty for our sin. Not just death but separation from God, the only time Jesus had ever been completely separated from His father.
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“For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
All in all, the message of Jesus’ coming is concisely expressed in the gospel of St. John, specifically in this verse. There are just two points on why Jesus gave up His life: To save us from our sins, and because He loves us.
So folks, let us then commemorate this important week with a heart full of gratitude, and faith. Keep the faith folks, keep the faith…