"SAVED THROUGH JESUS’ BLOOD"
"Being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him" (Rom. 5:9)
INTRO.: A hymn which reminds us that the blood of Jesus Christ is the only way that we can be justified now and saved from wrath eternally is "Saved Through Jesus’ Blood." The text was written and the tune (I’ll Be Present) was composed both by Judson Wheeler VanDeVenter (1855-1939). It is dated 1899. VanDeVenter was a Methodist evangelist who influenced Billy Graham when he was a teacher and Graham was a student at the Florida Bible Institute, then located in Temple Terrace, FL, on what is now the campus of Florida College. It was somewhat unusual for VanDeVenter to provide both words and music for a song since the melodies for most of his lyrics, such as "I Surrender All," "Sunlight," and "My Mother’s Prayer," were composed by Winfield Scott Weeden (1847-1908). However, VanDeVenter also produced both text and tune for another song, "We Will Shine as the Stars," which is found in the 1977 Special Sacred Selections edited by Ellis J. Crum. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, "Saved Through Jesus’ Blood" appeared with the chorus only, beginning "I’ll Be Present," in the 1937 Great Songs of the Church No. 2 edited by E. L. Jorgenson. The entire text can be seen in such other hymnbooks as the 1957 All American Hymnal and the 1968 American Service Hymnal both from John T. Benson Publishing Co.; and the 1956 Hymns for Praise and Service from The Rodeheaver Co.
The song points out that we must be saved through the blood of Jesus now to be prepared for the future.
I. Stanza 1 mentions the judgment
"Sometime we’ll stand before the judgment bar, The quick, the risen dead;
The Lord will then make know the record there: Our names will all be read."
A. Someday we’ll stand before the judgment throne of Christ: 2 Cor. 5:10
B. All, both the quick or living and the risen dead will be there: 2 Tim. 4:1
C. The Lord will then make known the record of each individual: Rev. 20:11-12
II. Stanza 2 mentions the crown
"I’ll then receive a bright and starry crown, As only God can give;
And when I’ve been with Him ten thousand years, I’ll have no less to live."
A. God has promised that those who are faithful will receive the crown of life: Rev. 2:10
B. As with Paul, the Lord Himself will give this crown to those who love His appearing: 2 Tim. 4:6-8
C. Having received this crown, we shall then enjoy the result of eternal life: 1 Jn. 2:25
III. Stanza 3 mentions the rest
"Then we shall meet to never part again; Our toil will all be o’er.
We’ll lay our burdens down at Jesus’ feet, And rest for evermore."
A. In that final day, we shall meet with those gone before when the dead in Christ are raised and those who are alive will be caught up together with them in the air: 1 Thess. 4:16-17
B. Then our toil will all be over because the earth and all the works in it shall be burned up: 2 Pet. 3:10
C. And the rest from our labors that began at death will continue eternally: Rev. 14:13
CONCL.: The chorus points our minds forward to that time when "the roll is called up yonder."
"I’ll be present when the roll is called, Pure and spotless through the crimson flood;
I will answer when they call my name, Saved through Jesus’ blood."
We need to remember that our ability to stand before the judgment throne of God pure and spotless to hear our names called among the righteous will not be as a result of our own merit or good works but because we have been "Saved Through Jesus’ Blood."