17 January 2010

Sunday Morning Praise

This week's song is a newer "hymn." It is Keith and Kristyn Getty's "The Power of the Cross." For those who have put their faith in Christ, this song offers amazing truth as to the power of Christ's death and resurrection. Jesus "took the blame" and "bore the wrath" and those of us who are His now stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the pow'r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev'ry bitter thought,
Ev'ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
"Finished!" the vict'ry cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the pow'r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.  

Romans 8:1 tells us, "For there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." So I ask you this morning, do you know Jesus? I'm not just asking if you know about Jesus, I'm asking if you really know Jesus? Is He the LORD of your life and your Savior and Redeemer? If He returned today and you stood before Him, would He know you and claim you as His own? Remember, Jesus is no longer on that cross! He is alive and seated on a throne at the right hand of God in Heaven! And when you stand before Him, you will be before a throne of judgment at the mercy of the only true Judge. If you have faith in the life, death and resurrection of Christ, you will not stand condemned. But without the blood of Christ to cover your sins, you will be exposed and woefully and rightfully judged and condemned to an eternity of torment. Not sure about where you will spend eternity? Click here.

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