Song of the Week: Jesus Paid It All


by Kevin Lorow, Cuyahoga Valley Church Worship Arts Assistant

SONG OF THE WEEK: Jesus Paid It All – Elvina Hall


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

Elvina Hall wrote the first few words of this classic hymn of the faith on a part of her hymnal while her pastor prayed. She later connected with the church organist and the two of them continued to complete one of the greatest and most popular hymns. 

This song’s lyrics are so rich, and they walk us through the very core of the Gospel. That Jesus stood in our place and bore all of our sin and shame on the cross. The prophet Isaiah wrote these words about Christ centuries before He would walk the Earth: “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.”

This simple truth must always serve as a reminder to us. Paul sought to remind the believers at Corinth in 1 Corinthians 6:20 that they were “bought with a price”. We owe everything to our Jesus who gave His everything for us on a hill called Golgotha.