Taking It Deeper


Atoning sacrifice
Keeper of this life
Hallelujah, You are savior
Beginning and the end
Forgiver of my sin
By Your mercy You have saved us
Jesus, You are stronger
More than any other
Hallelujah, what a savior
Jesus, You are higher
My soul's deepest desire
Hallelujah, what a savior
You are the shepherd king
You lead us by still waters
Hallelujah, You are savior
You are my only hope
Your kindness is my friend
In Your presence You restore us
You are the way, the truth and the life
You are my joy and salvation
Stood in my place, taking my shame
Upon Your shoulders


  • We are naturally made to be restored.
  • For instance we need sleep, food, and water everyday to function at our best.
  • We constantly have to go back to those sources of restoration.
  • It's no different with your spirit.
  • This (That) song mentions how Jesus' presence restores us.
  • Our soul is naturally made for Him to be our deepest desire for restoration.
  • A Spirit that constantly goes back to Him is one that finds peace.


  • This (That) song heaps all kinds of praise to Jesus, but it also points out things about us.
  • It says He's the forgiver of our sins, our only hope, and the one who is our joy and salvation.
  • That's kind of the standard operating procedure when it comes to Him.
  • We get the benefits when we give praise to Him.


  • Big John got on the bus everyday.  This mammoth 6 foot 4 wrestler would tell the meek and weak bus driver, Dave, that "Big John don't pay."  Then John would take his seat at the back of the bus.
  • This drove Dave nuts.  So Dave started working out.  He was going to stand up to Big John.
  • Months later, Dave had had enough.  Big John got on and like every other day said "Big John don't pay."   Dave stood up, puffed out his chest and said  "Oh yeah, Big John, why not!"
  • With a surprised look Big John said:  "Big John has a bus pass."
  • This song is like that story. Jesus is stronger than any other, like Big John, and because of His strength, and the other qualities in this song, it causes us to change for the better - just like Dave and his working out.
  • Plus when this song says  "He stood in our place, taking our shame, upon His shoulders,"  it means that He has given us a pass, allowing us to ride upon His strength through life.


  • Have you ever had to step in between your kids when they were fighting?
  • Then you have an idea of what the first two words of this (that) song means.
  • "Atoning sacrifice" - to "atone" means to make amends.  Another definition is to "make or become united or reconciled."
  • That is what you do when you step in between two fighting children.  You risk becoming hurt to get them to make amends.
  • Now take that out to the nth degree and you have a slight idea of what Jesus did for us in the battle to win our hearts.


  • My friend desired the new iPad.
  • Everyday he was checking websites for the latest news about it.
  • The morning it came out he was one of the first in line for it.
  • We all find ourselves with deep desires, and we'll do things to act on them.
  • This (that) song is about a great place to place your desires.


  • Have you ever held someone's place in line?
  • It's a pretty easy thing to do.
  • But what if, by holding someone's place, you also had to take on their burdens, their debts, their weaknesses, their pain.
  • Would you do it?
  • Jesus did.
  • Remember that when you hear the line in this song that says "stood in my place, taking my shame."

    Scripture References

    Phillippians 2:5-11

    Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

    Who, being in very nature God,  did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,  but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross!

    Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


    John 14:6

    Jesus answered,  "I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.


    Deuteronomy 4:39

    Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.


    James 1:17

    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.


    Psalm 148:13

    Let them praise the name of the Lord,  for his name alone is exalted;  his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about a time when you realized that Jesus was your joy and your salvation. This is a great song to relate how Jesus gives you joy in the midst of trials.


    Talk about what your deepest desire in life is. What if you were to make Jesus your deepest desire?  What would that look like?  A Morning quiet time? Praying? Memorizing His word? Seeking His wisdom on questions you have?


    Talk about a time when you said this prayer:  "Jesus, give me strength."  Tie that into the hook of this song which says "Jesus you are stronger."

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