Lent Day 22 // Hymn Saturday

John 15:13 Galatians 2:20

I remember singing this song as part of my praise and worship sessions during retreats. Lyrically speaking, it’s repetitive, but at the same time, I understand the sentiment. The salvation of the world began when Jesus died on the Cross for us. The veil at the temple was torn in half and the gap that separated God from us is finally bridged. We were forgiven because He chose to take on our sins. We are welcomed into God’s family because Jesus chose to be condemned.

It blows my mind that Jesus, King of the Universe and all that is in it, chose to become human and lay down His life for me, someone who would be born long after that sacrifice was made. He knew my life before it even began, and chose to endure being whipped, mocked, nailed, and pierced so that I may truly live. Indeed, it is an amazing love.

The reason that Christians devote themselves so much to doing good isn’t to “earn” salvation or “buy” their way into Heaven. It’s done out of love, out of gratitude, out of joy, to honor the King who became the lowest of the low, who died so that man will never be separated from God again. I can’t help but recall this Bible verse from the Gospel of John “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) Part of being a Christian is to have a personal relationship with Christ. He sees each and every one of us as his friends, friends that were worth dying for.

When we live a Christ-filled life, we live with the spirit of Christ dwelling in us. As it says in Paul’s letter to the Galatians: “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) Christ lives within us. It doesn’t get any more personal than that.

If possible, I highly recommend checking out retreats in your area. If you can’t go on retreat, spend some time in Adoration. Meditate on this song, play this song in your head. How do you see Jesus? Is the image of Jesus as a king intimidating? Don’t be afraid if you are intimidated by Jesus because this King of the Universe also wants to be your friend.


What comes to mind when you listen to this song?

Do you think salvation is a one-time thing or is it more of a process? Why do you think that?

You are my King (Amazing Love)sung by Rose Smith