Nothing But The Blood of Jesus
by Misty Keith on February 21st, 2016

"Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins."
Hebrews 9:22
​Becoming a true believer during my college days allowed for me to enter into a relationship with Jesus at a time when Contemporary Christian Music was popular. During the Sunday morning worship services, the music played by the worship team, sung along to by the congregation and used for worshipping our Savior was upbeat and much different than the old church hymns that use to fill Sunday morning church services.

I remember a band from my college days called Altogether Separate. They were a Christian rock band and were comparable to group Earth, Wind and Fire. Since they were popular and widely known on campus, I had to go hear and see them perform. I will never forget Dex, (the lead singer) opening up the concert with “Nothing But The Blood.”

After the band played the song, Dex explained to the crowd that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission for sin. He went on to explain that the blood of Jesus was the only thing that could make us whole and wipe us clean. From that day on, and based on their performance alone, I will never forget the old hymn.
Would you sing along with me?

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Now by this I’ll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Now by this I’ll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Glory! Glory! This I sing—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
All my praise for this I bring—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
​Being a new believer and not growing up in the church, I didn’t know that “Nothing But The Blood” was a hymn written during the 1800s. I thought that it was a brand new song just introduced on the contemporary worship seen. Singing the song over and over again caused me to go and do a little research and find out a lot about the old hymn.  

Nothing But The Blood,” (written by Robert Lowry and published in 1876) was originally written with six stanzas, but most of the time it is sung in a shorter version of four stanzas each followed by the oh so popular refrain of Nothing But The Blood. The shorter version keeps the hymn from an overt expression and repetition, all while causing the hymn to leave the listener fully engaged in the act of worshipping the Savior.

Themes of atonement, cleansing, pardon and righteousness fill the old hymn. 1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son cleanses us from all sin." Who doesn’t want to be made whole again or be washed clean as white snow?  

The hymn written in a call-response pattern sounds like cheerleading. When sung aloud, it leaves those listening encouraged by the fact that Jesus’ sacrifice paid it all and now all is okay with the believer.

Although the hymn has older roots, it is still widely sung and performed weekly in churches across America and abroad. Altogether Separate or ATS separated as a band after two albums in 2003. Andrew Shirley from ATS went on to become a member of the popular Christian Band Switchfoot.  Songs performed by Altogether Separate can still be seen and heard on Youtube.  Thankful today for the gift of music, old church hymn or Contemporary Christian Song, nevertheless, both are used for worshipping our Savior. 

What Can Wash Away Our Sin? Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus! Oh! Precious is the flow, that makes us white as snow.
​Today's blog post is part of our series #SundayHymnBook, where I have invited others to visit on Sundays and share about how a particular hymn or worship song has impacted their life.

  How has this song impacted your worship experience?
I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
​I'm Misty Keith and ​I am a daughter of the King of all Kings, wife to Richard, Mommy to Reagan (11 years), Kylee (8 years), and Karis Delaney (6 years).  I am a teacher by trade, an encourager and up-lifter by calling and a writer by practice. I understood from early adulthood and beyond that I would never fit. The Lord helped me to realize that He called me to stand out and because of this, I am forever grateful and at peace with how He has made me and who He has made me to be. 
My family and I live just outside the Austin, Texas area. I homeschool all three of my children and teach Reading for a private college in the Master’s/Credentialing program. I stay busy and enjoy the hobbies of Reading, Writing, Scrap-booking and Running. As a family, we attend Hill Country Bible Church. We enjoy traveling and take “family fieldtrips” often. All of life is an adventure and we are thankful for every life lesson that the Lord teaches us in the process.
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Liz - February 21st, 2016 at 3:19 PM
Great song! Thanks for sharing your personal experience! I love knowing the backstory for songs!
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