Confessing the Faith of Another: Jesus Paid It All

22 09 2009

I returned from chapel not long ago.  Alvin Reid preached a great sermon that all youth pastors or student ministers need to hear.  You can find it at the SEBTS website.

At the service we sang an old hymn, Jesus Paid It All.  As is often my custom now, I changed the first person pronouns to third person pronouns and sang the hymn from Anna’s perspective rather than from my own.  This hymn may be the most simple and poignant statement about Anna’s sin while living, her faith in Jesus while still living, and her praise of him now as she awaits his return and the future resurrection of her body.

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She heard the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him she owes;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good had she
Whereby Thy grace to claim;
She washed her garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

And now complete in Him,
Her robe, His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
She is divinely blest.

Lord, now indeed she finds
Thy pow’r, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.

When from her dying bed
Her ransomed soul did rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Did rend the vaulted skies.

And when before the throne
She stands in Him complete,
She lays her trophies down,
All down at Jesus’ feet.


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22 09 2009
Scott Longwell

Hey Todd,

I have read about Anna. Sounds like she was an incredible girl who loved God with all of her heart. I celebrate the fact that she is now with her Lord and Savior however, I cannot imagine what you and Timberly have been through, and will not try. Just wanted you folks to know how much I appreciated your friendship while at GGBTS. I hope and pray God will continue to use you both to further His kingdom.

Your Brother in Christ,

Scott Longwell
silverlakecc.net

16 11 2009
Wade Odum

Todd, your gift of sharing leaves me humbled and quiet. As a fellow writer, I know that God uses even our smallest words to magnify His plans and glory in ways that are simply incomprehensible to us, but your change from first to third person brought the hymn to relevance in a far deeper way than it had known within me all these years.

I must confess that, at this point in my life, I cannot enter your blog without tears waiting at the ready, obscuring my vision just enough to keep me focusing on what I’m reading. My heart will always break for your sorrow, but my comfort is knowing that YOU know that Anna awaits your entrance into your heavenly home and I suspect that she’ll have it all decorated within with her drawings, writings and memories.

Continue to share your heart friend, and know that we love you regardless of distance in miles or distance of time.
Blessings-
wade

29 12 2009
toddborger

This is a very old reply, or rather a very late reply to a very old comment.
Anyway, thanks, Wade. I appreciate your feedback and I am glad that Anna’s story is able to reach other people.
I hope you have a Belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Todd

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