Now at the cross
was greater loss
with torture and with pain.
From crown of thorn
to nails and scorn,
would someone please explain?
Now at the cross
The first step needed to walk victoriously in the abundant life God has given us is to remember, remember, remember, that we are redeemed. Sin is no longer our master.
Jesus and Alexander died at thirty-three.
One lived and died for self; one died for you and me;
One led vast armies forth; the other walked alone.
One shed a whole world’s blood; the other gave His own.
One won the world in life and lost it all in death;
The other lost His life to win the whole world’s faith.
It meant he would lose his job, his wealth, his seat “at the receipt of custom”. It meant taking the biggest risk of his life. But this was his only chance, his only hope, his only way out. Either he would follow Jesus or fester in the mess he had created for himself.
In The Light, our status is no longer defined by our sinfulness, nor by our self-made goodness; we stand un-condemned, and now we have nothing to fear by being exposed. In fact, The Light reveals what God has done for us! He displays for all to see the wonderful works of redemption and forgiveness He has done in the lives of Believers.
We deserved death and separation from God, but God is love and He wanted to reconcile us to Himself through His righteous One. He wants an ongoing relationship with us. Truly amazing, isn’t it?
The consequences of sin are often unavoidable. But, if we will repent, if we will wait on Him and walk with Him, God will lead us out of shame and into His glory.
When God looks on a Believer, saved by grace, He sees His only begotten Son, Jesus. And because of Jesus, He calls out “Jesurun”: My beloved upright one!
…even when God chastises us, He isn’t finished with us. He will “bring us back”: He will restore us!
…if we do not have a crisis that changes things, we’re headed for more years like the years we’ve been experiencing…