Victory In Jesus
Victory in Jesus
General Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “There are no victories at discount prices.”
I do not remember a time the following words were not part of our worship, recently, however, I read an article that connected our “Victory in Jesus” with the tremendous cost of that victory.
Victory in Jesus
“I heard an old, old story, how a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary, to save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning, of His precious blood’s atoning,
Then I repented of my sins and won the victory.
I heard about His healing, of His cleansing pow’r revealing,
How He made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, ‘Dear Jesus, Come and heal my broken spirit,’
I then obeyed His blest commands and gained the victory.
I heard about a mansion He has built for me in glory,
And I heard about the street of gold beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing, and the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I’ll sing up there the song of victory.
O victory in Jesus, My Savior, forever, He sought me and
Bo’t me with His redeeming blood; He loved me ere I knew Him, and all my
Love is due Him, He plunged me to victory, beneath the cleansing flood.”
--E.M. Bartlett, 1939
The next time those words appear on our screen, or I turn to them in a book, I will be reminded that the initial victory I celebrate in this life and the ultimate victory still to come came at the price of…
The blood of Jesus (Acts 20:24)
The lives of the martyrs (Revelation 7:14)
The blood, sweat, tears and service of evangelists from Pentecost to today (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Including the late Jamie Duncan, who baptized me into Christ in May, 1979
The denial of self for every Christian who sings these words (Luke 9:23)
The death of everyone who is buried w/Him in baptism (Romans 6:4; Galatians 2:20)
As I sing, the price they paid will challenge me to pay any price required to do my part in securing the victory in my life and the lives of those I love.
Adapted from an article by Steve
(last name unknown)