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Jan 2015

The Reward of His Suffering

Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. – Revelation 5:9

This Sunday, we will be introducing a new song to our gathering, The Reward of His Suffering by Matt Papa. Matt talks about the origins of the song in this interview with Bobby Gilles:

“The Reward of His Suffering” is based on a quote…[that] became a rally cry for the Moravian Missionary Movement in the 1700’s. And the phrase was “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of his suffering.” So it was the worthiness of Christ that drove tons of missionary movement and zeal. The story that popularized the phrase is that two young men were compelled to go to an island and share the gospel with people who hadn’t heard it before. They weren’t sure how they were going to get there so they decided to sell themselves into slavery. They made the decision to go, said goodbye to their family and friends—they were planning on leaving forever—and they got a the ship and set out. As the ship was pulling away one of the men raised his arm and said, “May the Lamb who was slain receive the reward of his suffering.” It was an epic moment for seeing how the worthiness of Christ drives people to surrender.

You can read more of his interview by clicking here. Here are the lyrics to the song:

You carried our cross and You took the shame
You buried our death when You rose again
So let every tribe and tongue come and worship You alone
Let all heaven and earth and the universe bring praise

May the Lamb of God receive the reward of His suffering
He is worthy! He is worthy! Worthy to receive the reward of His suffering

You promised the day of Your praise would come
A chorus of nations around Your throne
So let our ambitions die as we lift our Savior high
As we carry the cross and the gospel to the world

All glory honor and praise! All glory honor and praise!
All glory honor and praise! To the Lamb that was slain!

Now send us and usher the bride You love
We know though we suffer, You have won
So we’re running to this world fearing nothing but Your Word
Our victorious King He shall have His reward!

You can listen to the story behind The Reward of His Suffering, as well as listen to the song, by watching the video below. You can also purchase and download the full song through Matt’s website here.

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2 Comments

Jim Ball

April 7 2015 Reply

Powerful song and message. Let us all risk it all for Jesus.

Ma. Teresa

November 10 2017 Reply

Do and die for the Gospel. Listen to the story behind this famous quote which became the rally cry of the Moravion Missionary Movement in the 17OO’s. YESHUA is indeed worthy to receive the reward for HIS suffering.

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