“Redeemed by the Blood”

"In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins" (Col. 1.14)

     INTRO.: A song which talks about the redemption that we have through the blood of Jesus Christ is "Redeemed by the Blood." The text was written and the tune was composed both by Leonard A. Gordon (1889-?).  He lived in Ft. Worth, TX, and is perhaps best known today for his words written in 1930 for the song "I Love Thee So," beginning, "My Savior dear, I love Thee, O, I love Thee," and set to his arrangement of the melody Londonderry Air, which is most often used with the Irish folksong, "Danny Boy." I do not have any other information about "Redeemed by the Blood," such as its date or source of publication, other than it was controlled by the Quartet Music Co. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, it appeared in the 1952 Hymns of Praise and Devotion edited by Will W. Slater, and the 1963 Christian Hymnal edited by J. Nelson Slater.

     The song points out how important it is to be redeemed by the blood of Christ.

I. Stanza 1 reminds us of judgment
"When the great judgment morning shall dawn, And before the tribunal we stand,
What a glorious thought there to be Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb."
 A. Someday there will be a final judgment: Acts 17.30-31
 B. Before that tribunal all mankind shall stand: Rom. 14.10-12, 2 Cor. 5.10
 C. Whether or not we shall be saved in the day will depend on whether we have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb because we cannot be redeemed by anything but His precious blood: 1 Pet. 1.18-19

II. Stanza 2 reminds us of grace
"Though our lives be as scarlet with sin, And no merit of grace can we plead,
Yet how wondrous the thought there to be Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb."
 A. Because of sin, our lives are as scarlet: Isa. 1.18
 B. We can plead no merit of our own because we are saved by grace through faith: Eph. 2.8-10
 C. Therefore, we must understand that without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin: Heb. 9.22

III. Stanza 3 reminds us of eternity
"When the saints of all ages and tongues, Safe in glory are singing His praise,
O how sweet is the thought there to be Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb."
 A. Someday saints of all ages and tongues will be gathered together before the throne of God: Rev. 7.9
 B. These saints will be safe in glory and singing the praise of Him who redeemed them: Rev. 5.8-10
 C. They will realize then, to a greater degree than we can appreciate in this life, that it was the blood of Christ which was shed for the remission of their sins: Matt. 26.28

     CONCL.: The chorus re-emphasizes the fact that the blood of Christ is the cleansing agent for our sin.
"Redeemed by the blood, Redeemed by the blood;
What a glorious thought there to be Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb."
As we view our sinful lives here on earth as those who have been saved by the grace of God and look forward to standing before God in judgment and then being with Him for all eternity, we are made to rejoice and be thankful that we can be "Redeemed by the Blood."


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  1. Further research shows a Leonard A. Gordon in the 1940 Census, age 51, “born about 1889” in Texas and living in Los Angeles, California, with his wife Mamie E Gordon and daughter Ruth. This may be the same as Leonard Anderson Gordon, who was born on Oct. 17, 1888, died at Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California, aged 73 on May 30, 1962, and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, California. Hymnary.org lists Leonard A. Gordon as the author of four other hymns, “Goodbye old world of sorrow,” “Great is the love of Christ, our King,” “Many loved ones have gone to that home,” and “Soon the Lord is coming back,” besides the one beginning, “When the great judgment morning shall dawn.”


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