Song for Today: Thursday, May 14, 2020

He is Jesus by Stephen Altrogge, 2003.

Verse 1:
There’s a treasure great in beauty. Far surpassing earth’s great wealth.
He is Jesus, Prince of Glory, source of all grace, peace, and health.
There’s a fountain ever flowing satisfying all who drink
He is Jesus, spring of joy, to all who hail Him as their King.

Observe: The Bible reveals God the Father purposed to create, the Son was the agent of creation, and the Spirit is the preserving power for creation. All three persons are God, co-equal, co-eternal, and in perfect harmony as to purpose and work.

Verse 1 speaks of the great treasure as Jesus for two reasons. First, he is King of a kingdom of immeasurable value. Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field … in his joy he sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Matthew 13:44, ESV). Notice that the great joy causes the finder to sell all to gain the kingdom.

Second, Jesus is the fountain of life. On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, priests poured water around the altar in the Temple with great fanfare to symbolize the life-giving water God brought forth from the rock in the desert (Exodus 17:6).

On that day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” (John 7:37).  Paul says, “the rock was Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:4c). In the desert of this fallen world, the life-giving water and the spring of joy is Jesus.

Verse 2:
There’s a power, holy power, breaking bonds of captive men.
He is Jesus, mighty Jesus, Holy warrior and sinner’s friend.
There’s a Savior rich in mercy, quick to pardon all our sins.
He is Jesus, great Redeemer, reconciling God and man.

In his hometown, Jesus went into the synagogue, stood up, and asked for the scroll of Isaiah. He read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

He returned the scroll, sat down, and said, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:18, 21).

Sent by the Father and empowered by the Spirit, Jesus has set the captives free from sin. For all who believe, he is the Great Redeemer who has reconciled God and man.

Verse 3:
There’s a glorious Lord returning, and all will bow to Him alone.
He is Jesus, King of nations, reigning from His gracious throne.
There is one to whom our praises will through every age ascend
He is Jesus, King forever, whose wondrous rule will never end.

Universal and eternal is the rule of King Jesus. Paul writes, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10–11). Notice the universal terms every knee, everywhere, and every tongue will proclaim Jesus as Lord.

He is reigning now from his throne in heaven, and everything that happens is under his control. He is King forever, and when he returns, his kingdom will be sin, sadness, and death free forever. Until he returns, he is watching over each one of his blood-bought subjects. You are his by faith alone. Doesn’t he deserve your praises today and every day?

Blessings, Pastor Don.


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