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Romans 5:9, “Having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him”

1 Peter 1:19, “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”

I would like to share with my followers another great hymn, and one that our church sang this past Lord’s Day entitled “Jesus Paid it All”. The words are written by Elvina M. Hall, born on June 4, 1822, in Alexandria, Virginia the daughter of Captain David Reynolds. Elvina married Richard Hall of Westmoreland County, Virginia. She died on July 18, 1889 at Ocean Grove, New Jersey. The music to this great hymn is by John T. Grape, born May 6, 1835 in Baltimore, Maryland. He belonged to the Monument Street Methodist Church in Baltimore, where he directed the choir and was active in the Sunday school. Later, he was choir director at the Hartford Avenue Methodist Church. He died on November 2, 1915 in Baltimore, Maryland. It would be my sincere desire that this old hymn will be a blessing to your heart. Enjoy my brethren:

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”


Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim,
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calvary’s Lamb.


And now complete in Him
My robe His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.


Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.


When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.


And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down
All down at Jesus’ feet.


The Story Behind the Song

On New Year’s night, 1886, some missionaries were holding open-air services in order to attract passers-by to a near-by mission, where meetings were to be held later. “All to Christ I owe” was sung, and after a gentleman had given a short address he hastened away to the mission. He soon heard foot¬steps close behind him and a young woman caught up with him and said: “I heard you addressing the open-air meeting just now; do you think sir that Jesus could save a sinner like me?”

The gentleman re¬plied that there was no doubt about that, if she was anxious to be saved. She told him that she was a servant girl, and had left her place that morning after a disagreement with her mistress. As she had been wandering about the streets in the dark, wondering where she was to spend the night, the sweet melodies of this hymn had attracted her, and she drew near and listened attentively. As the different verses were being sung, she felt that the words surely had something to do with her. Through the whole service she seemed to hear what met her oppressed soul’s need at that moment. God’s Spirit had showed her what a poor, sinful and wretch¬ed creature she was, and had led her to ask what she must do.

On hearing her experience, the gentleman took her back to the mission and left her with the ladies in charge. The young, wayward woman was brought to Christ that night. A situation was secured for her in a minister’s family. There she became ill and had to be taken to a hospital. She rapidly failed and it became evident that she would not be long on earth. One day the gentleman whom she had met on New Year’s night was visiting her in the ward. After quoting a few suitable verses of Scripture, he repeated her favorite hymn, “All to Christ I owe”…and she seemed overwhelmed with the thought of coming to glory…Two hours afterward she passed away.

Further Thoughts:

Go back with me in time to around September 1996, when all America waited anxiously. Many of us prayed. Captain Scott O’Grady’s F-16 had been shot down as he was flying over Serbia. Had he been killed or captured? Was he seriously injured? The hours ticked by. Five days passed. On the sixth day another pilot picked up a faint message from O’Grady’s radio. He was alive, managing somehow to hide from hostile soldiers. Immediately all the resources needed for a daring rescue operation were set in motion. O’Grady was snatched up to safety by a helicopter, and the US rejoiced. Newsweek magazine reported that the weapons and machinery used for the rescue of that one pilot were valued at $6 billion.

My friend that was a costly rescue. Moreover, we can’t estimate the value of one human soul, because we could never calculate the price God paid to rescue us from our sin. In grace, motivated by His great love, He sent His Son to become our Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed His precious blood to rescue us from the kingdom of darkness (1 Peter 1:18-19). If all the stars in all the galaxies were changed into platinum, that incalculable sum could not begin to purchase our salvation! Let us, therefore, give our lives in full surrender and obedience to the One who gave His all for us.

Jesus gave His all for me – How can I give Him less?