“Jesus, Thank You” by Pat Sczebel

Back in 2005 we produced an album called Worship God Live, a live album that featured Pat Sczebel and me each leading six songs. Pat serves as one of the pastors at Crossway Community Church, in Surrey, British Columbia. He’s been a dear friend for years.

Pat inspires me in many ways. He’s one of the most encouraging guys I know. He’s a caring husband, a faithful dad, a diligent pastor, and he has a heart for the lost. But most of all, I’m affected by his genuine love for Jesus Christ. Through a variety of circumstances, in want and fruitfulness, Pat’s love for the Savior has produced encouragement, hope, and faith that affects everyone around him.

One of Pat’s songs on this album is “Jesus, Thank You.” It typifies Pat’s life – a life of gratefulness that God sent his Son to endure the punishment we deserved and to reconcile us to God.

When he first sent the song to be considered for a Sovereign Grace project, it somehow got passed over. Later on, at a songwriter’s retreat, he played three songs that all needed some major work. He pulled out “Jesus, Thank You” again, thinking maybe it was better than the first response indicated. He was right. He did some more work on the song and produced a song that combines a clear statement of substitutionary atonement with our grateful response of love and obedience.

The original first verse went like this:

This mystery of grace I cannot comprehend
Why would You save a wretch like me
Why would the perfect holy One crush His only Son
For the worst of sinners Crucified

Good, but not great. It became:

The mystery of the cross I cannot comprehend
The agonies of Calvary
You, the perfect, holy One crushed Your Son
Who drank the bitter cup reserved for me.

And here’s the chorus:

Your blood has washed away my sin
Jesus, thank You
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied
Jesus, thank You
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table
Jesus, thank You.

You can download the guitar chart here.

Last year at the NEXT conference, I had the privilege of leading “Jesus, Thank You” with the band Reilly. We sang it after CJ Mahaney had preached a message on the death of Christ from Mk. 15:33-39. Enjoy.

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13 Responses to “Jesus, Thank You” by Pat Sczebel

  1. Mary M June 25, 2010 at 7:39 AM #

    This is one of our church’s (and one of my personal) favorite songs! I praise God for His hand in crafting the song over time and allowing it to be produced…it has been such a blessing to many, including myself.

  2. lisa June 25, 2010 at 1:51 PM #

    When my daughter joined Covenant Life Church and first introduced her father and me to Sovereign Grace Music, this song was one of the very first that she played for us. I had expressed concern over the whole reformed thing, wondering if it was academic and dispassionate….”Do they always refer to Jesus as “Christ” and not ever get personal with him?” She said, “Listen to this song, Mom.” Well, it certainly put my fears to rest, and quickly became my alltime favorite song. It has the perfect combination of objective biblical truth (the verses) and our heartfelt response to it in worship (the chorus). Bob, I think you call it letting our emotional fire be fueled by sound biblical doctrine. This concept has been life changing for me and my family. I’m so grateful to God that this song did end up on the album!

  3. Ruth June 25, 2010 at 9:52 PM #

    My husband and I absolutely love this song. It is one of our all time favorites from SG Ministries. The combination of truth and passion is wonderful, such a great expression of what is in our hearts. I often listen to this one over and over. I count it a great blessing if I get to sing this in a worship service.

  4. David Weischedel June 28, 2010 at 9:50 AM #

    Great song! A worship leader friend of mine showed it to me, and although our church hasn’t adopted it yet, it is one of my personal favorites from SG as well!

  5. Aaron C. June 28, 2010 at 11:23 AM #

    This was the first SG song I heard. A fellow worship leader attending Southern Seminary recommended that I listen to it. I’m thankful to God for the impact SG has had in my life and the ministry God allows me to lead.

    Thanks for this song, Pat!

  6. Mike June 30, 2010 at 9:58 PM #

    Thanks for this blog- great seeing how much work goes into your writing. Awesome song I look forward to using it in church.

  7. Troy July 1, 2010 at 10:59 PM #

    This is one of our church’s absolute favorites as well.

    “Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table” – what a great lyric and and even greater work of God.

  8. Richard July 2, 2010 at 5:38 PM #

    Love the song. We sing it regularly in our worship with one little change to the lyrics. “The Father’s wrath…” is changed to “The wrath of God…”. Why? We thought that in the New Testament the name “Father” mainly signifies the First Person as reconciled, adopting and welcoming (Luke 15). Post-wrath, if you like. While we may not be technically correct (ie. the Father has always been the Father) we feel that the weight of the name Father is tilted toward love rather than wrath. I other words the NT speaks of the wrath of God but not, to my knowledge, of the wrath of the Father.

    Either way it’s a good song. Thanks, Pat!

  9. Ty Hughes July 8, 2010 at 4:54 PM #

    We appreciate this song in our church body as well. The melody is simple enough that the congregation can pick it up quickly allowing them to focus on the words and worship. The chord structure is flexible enough though that it allows us to play it “differently” each time keeping it fresh. I appreciate the bridge as well and how it allows us to build the song or even come back to it as a tag.

    A top 10 non-hymn song from Sovereign Grace in my opinion. I plan to play this with acoustic guitar in an upcoming communion service pointing people to the cross until He comes :)

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