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“raise up thy heart…”

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I was blessed this Sunday by Pastor Andersen’s sermon on the Seven Sayings of Christ on the Cross.  Here are some things for us to think about in light of that great gift.

This Cross makes us debtors and we are entitled to nothing.  We can make no demands save that Christ would have all and be ALL in all.

 John Owen expressed it this way:  “If, then, thou canst raise up thy heart to a settled expectation of relief from Jesus Christ, — if thine eyes are towards him ‘as the eyes of a servant to the hand of his master,’ when he expects to receive somewhat from him, — thy soul shall be satisfied, he will assuredly deliver thee…”

Don’t let the Cross of Christ be a moment in past.

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 mocing voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I knoww 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

 

(S. Townend)

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