Podcast #196: “Nothing But the Blood” by Jars of Clay

Noting in Scripture That Nothing but the Blood of Jesus Atones for Sin

Sometimes my grandmother bemoans the repetition in contemporary worship songs. Once she mentioned she felt like the worship team might just “sing of your love forever”…forever. I’m pretty sure she’ll excuse the repetition in the classic hymn “Nothing but the Blood” as it leads us to consider the significance of the blood shed by our Savior.

No matter how hard we may “try,” NOTHING but the blood of Jesus can atone for our sin.

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Write out Scripture
    • Meditate
    • Read in context
  • The story behind the song by Jars of Clay lead singer Dan Haseltine – BeliefNet Article
  • Nothing can for sin atone…not of good that I have done – Isaiah 64:6, Romans 5:8
  • No other fount I know – Zechariah 13:1
  • For my pardon this I see – Ephesians 1:7, 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • This is all my hope and peace – Colossians 1:19-20
  • This is all my righteousness – Titus 3:4-6
  • Nothing but the blood of Jesus – Hebrews 9:19-22
  • Why? So that we might LIVE saved – 1 John 4:7-12


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If you have never heard this song before, you can listen to the official audio on YouTube below.

Additional Resources

This Week’s Challenge

Listen to the song and then do the work. Use the Bible Interaction Tool Exercises I introduced to interact with God’s Word this week. Reflect on the idea that nothing but the blood could have atoned for our sins, but it was not merely so we could be saved…but rather that we would LIVE saved.

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  • Chris

    I have a Facebook ‘friend’ who is clearly venting frustration and depression. She talked about looking to the stars for peace. I expressed care and gave her 1 Peter 5:7 to cast all her cares on Him. She claims to be an ex-Catholic and that the Bible is “not her bag”. She says that if God exists I respect her. Hmmm. I responded that all I wanted to do was to give her the hope I had after an abusive childhood. As far as presenting the Word I do not feel I should discuss further but I know that now she has the choice. What do you think am I right to let it go? I know Jesus never forces himself onto others. The fact he talked in parables so that those who wanted to get know him more had to come to Him and ask Him questions. Then on the road to Emmaus he was going to travel on but they asked him to come eat with him.

    • Chris, this is so tricky. I can encourage you to never give up on your friend. Probably the most powerful thing you can do is really pray for her. Please don’t take this as a trite solution. I mean REALLY pray. Set an alarm and pray for her daily. Don’t give up. Every time the Holy Spirit gives you an opportunity to share with her, then do so. As you’re in God’s Word and receive encouragement from it…like a specific verse or section of verses or something…share it with her. I agree with being mindful of being so pushy that you push her away, but if you are really praying for her and she really believes you are really praying for her, then when the time is right, she will seek out the peace and truth that you have tucked inside of you. When she does, then make sure you listen more than you “preach” and let the Holy Spirit do His thing. I can say this boldly because my own mother finally surrendered after 42 years of my life…most of it I spent praying for her (and then doubting…and then praying some more). I’m so glad you are in your friend’s life.