Jesus Paid It All

by Jon Azzarello

Coming off Easter Sunday is always a shot in the arm for me – a time to reflect on our Savior’s glorious resurrection. But this past one was even better. My co-worker and her family were able to attend Mercy Hill with us Sunday and experience the gospel first hand.

In Andrew’s sermon, he used a hypothetical illustration about his truck that really highlighted the cost of forgiveness. The gist of the story is that he lets someone borrow his truck. The borrower accidentally totals the truck, and then drops the bomb that he doesn’t have insurance or money. When Andrew forgives him and lets him off the hook, the damage doesn’t magically dissolve. By forgiving the damage, he’s also absorbing it.

The whole sermon was spot-on, but for my co-worker this one point shed light on a hurdle she hadn’t been able to get over in the past. If God is truly God, why did he need to die? Why couldn’t he just forgive and forget? She realized a truth of the gospel that is often overlooked and taken for granted – there was a massive cloud of debt hovering over our heads, and Jesus didn’t just declare bankruptcy –  He paid the full price of forgiveness. Jesus paid it all.   

We sang a new song yesterday in corporate worship called Jesus Paid It All. It’s a song of gratitude culminating in a declaration of praise: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive riches, power, strength, honor, glory, and praise” (Revelation 5:12). Below are the lyrics and I encourage you to reflect over them to fuel your worship as you go into this work week.

Jesus Paid It All


He left his Father’s throne above

His grace was free and unrestrained   

Became the sin of whom He loved

And bled to save our helpless race 

(Pre chorus)

Now there is nothing left to fear

I am his, he is mine

His ransom left me in the clear

Jesus’ blood saved my life 


Jesus paid it all, All to him I owe

Love has washed me clean, Whiter than the snow

I’m forever changed, Glory to his name

Jesus broke my fall, Jesus paid it all


Greater love will never flow

Like it did at Calvary

Jesus’ blood our only hope

Covers every part of me


Worthy is the Lamb who was slain

To receive power, riches and strength

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain

To receive honor, glory and praise


Jon Azzarello is the worship leader at Mercy Hill Church. You can follow him on Twitter at @Jonazzarello

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