“Jesus, Only Jesus” is the new single from Phillips, Craig & Dean’s worship album, Above it All, available now. The vertical song for the church could hold its own on any Hillsong or Passion album, and the Matt Redman penned song is also included on Your Grace Finds Me and Passion: Let the Future Begin.
Matt Redman has written several worship anthems recorded by Phillips, Craig and Dean, including “Let My Words Be Few,” “Let Your Glory Fall,” “The Heart of Worship,” “Let Everything That Has Breath” and “The Wonderful Cross.”
The song will resonate with believers everywhere like their other prayerful anthems including recent hit recordings “Revelation Song,” “When the Stars Burn Down (Blessing and Honor)” and “Great I Am.” I had the opportunity to speak with Pastor Shawn Craig about “Jesus, Only Jesus.”
Please tell me the personal story behind this song:
This song was originally released by the Passion conference and a group of writers involved in their songs, including Matt Redman. Nathan Nockels has produced several albums for us in the past, and we’ve been friends with him. We believe in him and he believes in us. He brought the song to us and asked us to hear it as a Phillips, Craig and Dean recorded song. It turned out to be the only song on the new project that Nathan produced.
When we heard the song, we were thrilled with it. At my church Cross Point in Saint Louis, we were already singing the song. We have found it to be a song that is anthemic, and people naturally jump in and start singing it. It has an incredible picture attached with the song as you sing it. The one phrase I absolutely love is “You stand alone, I stand amazed, Jesus only Jesus.” What a great line. I wish I thought of it.
The picture is of Jesus being in His own league, all by Himself in the sense that He is the only God-Man, completely divine and completely human. He stands alone, and we stand amazed. Not just at His glory, but also at the reality of the Trinity, and how the Son of God, our Eternal God, stepped into the waters of humanity. Rightly so, worship should be Christ-centered, and this song really captures that.
What is the takeaway message?
Singing about Jesus has a way of redirecting us from peripheral things in worship. I grew up in a church with a hymnal and a lot of singing to each other, a lot of encouragement songs like “when the redeemed are gathered in.” Looking back, there is certainly a place for encouragement in songs, and certainly we sing those types of songs.
But what is the church about? What is the Gospel about? It’s all about Jesus. It’s about the death, burial and resurrection of the One and only Son of God. For us, if we are worshiping or at a PC&D concert, for us to point people to Jesus has a way of reminding people that it’s not about us or our programs,or petty things we divide over. The main thing is Jesus.
The culmination of the Bible, the covenant of Noah, the covenant of Abraham and God’s promise in Genesis are all fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Hebrews 1 says that Jesus is the exact representation and radiance of God. If we sing about Him, He’s going to draw people as He says and He will help us make sense of the valleys of life
This song keeps the worship trio’s signature holy energy flowing, and the new album has plenty more songs that you’ll hopefully soon be singing with fellow believers. Several of these new prayerful sentiments should be added to your Sunday morning worship set, especially “Jesus, Only Jesus,” “High Above it All,” “Let it be Known” and “Throne of Praise.”
You’ll quickly be joining the reverent chorus: “Holy, King Almighty Lord, saints and angels all adore, I’ll join with them and bow before Jesus, Only Jesus.” It’s that type of worshipful humility that has always attracted me to Phillips, Craig and Dean’s worship albums. After I got saved in 1999, I remember how I listened to their album and song “Let My Words Be Few” and sang along at the top of my lungs over and over again.
The way PC&D’s music ministry has blessed me is their ability to arrange songs for the church in very sing-able styles, putting these biblical words of awe and reverence of our King of Kings and Lord of Lords into the minds, mouths and hearts of believers. The Truth of this song is great to share in almost a sermon-like style as it declares over and over again that the only answer to the questions raised is “Jesus, Only Jesus.”
Followers of Jesus can sing every word and agree with the beautiful sentiments of this great song. Join in and sing along: “You will command the highest praise! Yours is the name above all names! You stand alone, I stand amazed, Jesus, only Jesus!” Amen to that!
NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.