“Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness” “THE SOLID ROCK” My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name. On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand; All other ground is sinking sand. —Edward Mote (1797-1874) Edward Mote was not from a Christian Home, but Became a Christian around age 18. But did not immediately go into ministry. Instead, He became a successful cabinet maker for the next 37 years. He then answered a call to ministry at age 55 and pastored a Baptist church in Sussex for the next 21 years until age 76. But, it was during his career as a cabinetmaker that this hymn came into being. He was walking to work one day when he got the idea to write a hymn, by the time he arrived at work he had the refrain finished. What is the HOPE of Righteousness? “My HOPE Is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” Rebekah Stark says this about hope: “Edward Mote uses the word hope the way the Bible does, which is not exactly the way we usually use it. We use it to express our desire for something to happen in the future, and as long as there’s even the slightest possibility that it will happen, we can still say we hope for it. But biblical hope is not just wishing for something that may or may not happen. There is an assurance in biblical hope. Those who hope, as the Bible uses the term, confidently expect the good things promised to them” Mote’s original title for the hymn was "The Immutable Basis of a Sinner’s Hope." (Isn’t that a good title?) The middle stanzas talk about the rough times when this hope supports us: …When darkness seems to hide his face, …In ev‘ry high and stormy gale, …in the whelming flood …When all around my soul gives way So that eventually… (in the last verse) When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh may I then in Him be found. Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne. (Phil. 3:8-9 [The apostle Paul said ‘I count all earthly things as loss’] …that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.) So…Where is Your hope, Joy, security? Your own goodness, your bank account, your good reputation? Or is it in Jesus’ blood and HIS righteousness. The Wise Man build his house upon the rock, and “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” Christ is the Solid Rock, His Blood, His righteousness provide the foundation for our salvation. All other ground is Sinking Sand.