I Am Innocent in Christ

As I mentioned last week, I’ll be going to see Third Day in concert on May 6 and so am sharing some of my favorite songs of theirs for Music Monday between now and the concert. Today’s offering is from their Wire CD and is called Innocent.

From a purely musical standpoint, I love how this song starts slowly and quietly, then builds to the chorus: “I am innocent.” Mark Lee’s guitar work is awesome and Mac Powell’s voice is beautiful.

But I also love this song because of the message it brings. Innocent speaks to me because there was definitely a time in my life when I thought I was out of second chances. I was so lost and depressed. I felt I had no hope. My life had no meaning or purpose.

But then Christ came into my life and opened my eyes to the truth of His love and mercy. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, I am innocent in the eyes of God. I no longer have chains holding me back or keeping me down. He gave me a brand new life of faith and hope.

This song reminds me of a passage in Luke:

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
   because he has anointed me
   to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
   and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
   to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” [Isaiah 61:1-2]

Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:16-21 (NIV).

Jesus came as a fulfillment of prophecy that had been written down hundreds of years before His birth. But more importantly, He came to free those who are in bondage to sin and pride, to give sight to those who are blinded to God’s truth.

Are you feeling hopeless today? Do you feel like you are out of second chances, like a dead person walking? Do you feel shame and guilt about the life you have lived thus far, and believe there is no way to escape your bondage? Set those feelings aside and seek the Lord. He has come to set you free today. He has come to open your eyes to see His love and mercy. He has come to declare you innocent because your debt has been paid.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


9 Responses

  1. Thankfully, the questions in the last paragraph are answered with a resounding ‘NO’ but they sure do bring back memories of when the answer was ‘Yes, yes, yes, and even worse than that’

    Hopeless? Definitely!
    Out of second chances? What were they? There was NO chance, no hope.
    Shame? Guilt? No escape? Not for me!

    B – U – T . . . . . What a beautiful word! “But God” even when I was so hopeless, so evil, so unworthy, so unthinking of Him – God called me to Himself. He cleansed me with the blood of Christ. He adopted me into His own family. He provided my every need.

    Now, 53 years later, I say –
    What an amazing Saviour!
    What an amazing Father God!
    What an abundant life He gives!

  2. Thanks for the reminder, Linda

    The debt has been paid and paid in full!

    Thanks for adding to my song library. This is a new one for me 🙂 Looking forward to more Third Day. Wish I could make it to the concert!


  3. I can’t listen to the song right now . . .I will be back! You know I’m going to love it though, right? And the whole post made me cry. So beautiful is He. God bless you and all that He has done for you! love and prayers for your week!

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