Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beautiful Scandalous Night

Go on up to the mountain of mercy
To the crimson perpetual tide
Kneel down at the shore
Be thirsty no more
Go under and be purified

Follow Christ to the holy mountain
Sinner sorry and wrecked by the fall
Cleanse your heart and your soul
In the fountain that flowed 
For you and for me and for all

At the wonderful, tragic, mysterious tree
On that beautiful scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful scandalous night

On the hillside you will be delivered
At the foot of the cross justified
And your spirit restored
By the river that poured
From our blessed Savior's side

At the wonderful, tragic, mysterious tree
On that beautiful scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful scandalous night

The beauty and scandal of the cross is so evident in life. Thank You, Jesus, for washing us white!

Listen to the song here

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Taking It For Granted

As I have been reflecting on sin and the death of Christ, I have realized how much I take Jesus's sacrifice for granted. I easily excuse sin, I refuse to repent or just treat it as if it is no big deal. Jesus died so that we could live in freedom not bondage. When I take the cross for granted I am hurting so many. I think many of us are guilty of doing this.

Let's stop abusing the cross and taking it for granted. Let's call sin what it is and seek together through the power of the Trinity living inside of us to put sin to death.

Lord, help us to over come! Help us to no longer take our salvation for granted, but live a people saved by grace to a higher calling, Your calling, where we put sin to death and live the life You have created us to live.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jesus The Passover Lamb

Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Where will You have for us prepare for You the Passover?" He said, "Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, 'The Teacher says My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.'"
~Matthew 26:17-18

It was the time of Passover when Jesus was to be crucified. Who but the Lord could time something like that? When the first Passover took place a few thousand years before Jesus walked the earth, it was pointing to the Christ, The Ultimate Passover Lamb. Before the foundations of the world, God intended it to be that way. 

A life for a life.

The difference is that because Jesus is God, His life could cover every life that has ever been. We do not each need our own individual Jesus, but every one of us can be covered by Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. Jesus died so that we might live.

Thank You, Jesus for being The Ultimate Passover Lamb!

Monday, April 14, 2014

The First Passover

In Exodus 12 we read the account of the first Passover. The people of Israel were slaves in Egypt and God put forth His plan to rescue them my killing the first born in all of Egypt. The Israelites were to take a year old male lamb without blemish, keep it in the house with the family 14 days, kill it and put its blood on the door post of the house. The blood would serve has a covering and protect their firstborn from death.  

God gave His people a covering, and that covering required blood, the blood of a perfect lamb. When the angel of death saw the blood on the door post he passed over their home, keeping death away. The death of the lamb spared the life of the first born. "A life for a life" as the saying goes.

This was the first Passover, and we remember it today.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jesus Has Ultimate Authority

Last Sunday we read about Jesus's trial before Pilate in John 18:33-19:3. We discussed 3 questions from the passage, but the first is the one that really hit home. Pilate asks Jesus, "Are You the King of the Jews?" asking Jesus about His authority.

The answer to this question is a resounding YES! Jesus is the King of the universe. Jesus responds, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews." Jesus is King over all.

Right now this is something I am really fighting to remember as I await the birth of my 5th child. I have tried to take control, telling God when the baby should be born and attempting to manipulate my body in my timing. God gently reminded me, He is the ultimate authority. I have not wanted to give Him the authority He is due, but I want to tell Him how it should be done.

When we relinquish control of authority, then we can truly live in freedom because we know God is in control and we do not have to worry. God is in control!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

How Deep The Father's Love For Us by Stuart Townend

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that left Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Friday, April 11, 2014

How Deep My Sin

I have nothing today but the feeling of how deep my sin is. I am broken. I am weak. I have nothing to offer anyone, especially not God. Tears fill my eyes as I blow up one more time over nothing. Trying to take control I am angry at God and anyone around me that is not doing what I think they should. How can I know best the ways of the universe? How can I know what is really best for the baby and me? I know God is in control and His ways are best. I know that in my mind, but my flesh is fighting so hard against it. God is my only hope. God is my only rest. Without Him I would be completely lost and alone. This sin would overtake me and I would be drowning fast. By God's grace He is showing me that I can fight. He has given me Himself, through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ, so that I can rise above my sin. The more I live, the deeper I realize my sin is. God's grace is far more than I deserve, yet He loves me anyway and is teaching me how to rise above it Christ. Thank You, Jesus, for taking my sin so that I can live and fight sin so that I can bring You glory.