Thursday, September 27, 2012

Jesus came to save sinners

Ben's work schedule has been a bit out of the ordinary lately (can I just say crazy??). He's been working late nights and the next day early mornings. Or he'll work 7 days in a row. But a few days ago he had an early shift and the next day off. What a blessing. His family decided to plan a get-together since we haven't all been together in a few months.

It was a good time. We sat and ate and visited, told funny stories and discussed politics and current events. We oo-ed and awe-ed over the newest addition to the family; a brand new 3 week old, 7 pound baby girl. Isaac ran around his great-uncle's huge backyard and petted and growled at the "bear" (his big, elderly rotweiller who to Isaac may as well be a bear!). And Isaac got to stay up well past his bedtime.

He and I left at 8:15 so he could get to bed at a semi-decent hour. Ben stayed behind to spend more time with his brother who hadn't yet arrived. I put Isaac in his pajamas and Ben put him in his carseat. He was one exhausted little boy. On the way home I turned on a children's CD that has been in my CD player since we had lived in Texas (let's say 15 months or so). I had almost forgotten it was even there.

The first song is called Jesus Came to Save Sinners and the lyrics are simply this:

We are all sinners
We are sick with sin
We are separated
We are far from Him

Yes we need a Savior, and God has sent His Son

Jesus came to save, sinners like you and me
Dying on the cross to set us free
Jesus came to save, sinners like you and me
Rose from the dead, He beat sin

As I drove the two of us home that night; the dark, massive star-lit sky above us, those words made my heart full. The simplicity of those lyrics, and yet how full of truth they are, produced in me thankfulness.

I've been lacking that lately. I mean, I make it a point to thank God for daily blessings each night as I pray. But they are often shallow thanks. That night, deep down, I was thankful for Jesus. For God sending Him. For His willingness to die on the cross for me. For His victory over sin. And for the freedom that I have because of what He did.

It's funny how you have those moments where you feel the Holy Spirit pressing on your heart, piercing it in ways that don't often happen. In that moment, that night, as I drove down a wide-open road, listening to a children's song with my son dozing off in the back seat of the car, I could feel truth. And I was thankful and my heart was full.

the children's album (which I highly recommend) is called Jesus Came To Save Sinners and can be downloaded for free from The Village Church website. a list of song titles and lyrics can be found here. it's only 5 short songs but each song contains foundational truth for Christians.


  1. I was listening to a sermon from Matt Chandler a couple weeks ago and it talked about how God saves women out of the strip clubs and women out of Sunday school. He saves the good, the bad, the ugly. Isn't it so beautiful? We serve such a forgiving God, a God who loves, guides, and protects despite the wickedness in our hearts.

  2. I think my favorite part of teaching Children's Church was that everything we learned was so simple and so foundational. It definitely helped me to remember- like this song did for you- how much we have to be grateful for!

  3. This is such a beautiful truth - such a simple and yet profound reminder I needed to hear today. Love you!