Chief of Sinners

Chief of sinners though I beJesus shed his blood for meDied that I might never dieLived that I might live on highAs the branch is to the vineI am His and He is mine.

Lutheran Service Book #611

This hymn writer didn’t waste any time getting to the heart of it ALL. The writer puts it so simply yet it is so hard for me to wrap my head around. When we get a glimpse at the depth of our sin we get a glimpse at how big the love of Jesus is.

It is hard to envision myself or others as enemies of God. It’s even harder to rationalize that anyone would die for their ENEMY. It’s difficult to wrap my brain around the fact that while I am fighting against him he is fighting for me. No matter how hard it is for me to understand Romans is clear that we were weak, sinning, enemies of God. It is also clear that he didn’t decide to save us because we cleaned our act up. All the good stuff comes from and through Christ’s death and resurrection.


No matter how hard it is for me to understand it is still true that we were weak, sinners, enemies of God. No matter how hard it is for me to understand it is still true that because of the work of Christ we are justified, saved, reconciled, and we now REJOICE in Jesus.

Jesus isn’t in the business of doing things that make rational sense. Jesus is about saving people. Jesus is in the business of reconciling his enemies back to himself.

This is a powerful verse to have imprinted in our minds. Nothing is sugar coated. The sins that we commit are not brushed under the table. The sins we commit are not called accidents or mistakes. We are reminded that we are so deep in the pit of our sin we are given the title chief of sinners. Sinner is not the only title we hold though.

We are also



and reconciled.

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