Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Monday, November 14, 2011

the cross of Christ

"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world!" Galatians 6:14

In the cross we see . . . the rights of divine justice maintained, the designs of divine mercy revealed; sin appearing exceedingly sinful; the law magnified and honored, and the law-breaker pardoned and delivered!

At the cross, God and sinners meet--and a reconciliation takes place. Here, man drops the weapons of rebellion--and God lays aside the sword of divine displeasure. Here, the works of Satan are destroyed--and the gates of paradise are thrown open. Here, the creditor is discharged, his every crime is atoned for--and everlasting righteousness is completed! Here, God is "just, and the justifier of the one who believes in Jesus."

At the cross . . . mercy takes the throne, justice guards her rights, holiness maintains her prerogative, the sinner has hope, and iniquity is forever atoned for!

At the cross . . . we are stripped of self--and clothed with Christ; we lose our fears--and obtain the sweetest comforts; we find paradise restored--and have a foretaste of glory; Jehovah is revealed as the sinner's friend; death is destroyed as the believer's foe; Satan's . . . folly is published, designs are frustrated, and character is exposed to perpetual shame.

At the cross . . . all the truths of revelation center, all the perfections of Deity unite, and the way to eternal life is opened!

The Cross of Jesus! May it be . . . the emblem of my faith, the subject of my song, the antidote of my sorrows, and the glory of my soul!

"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world!" Galatians 6:14

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Jehovah Mekoddishkem said...

Yeses, it is at the cross where I met Jesus

One truth that has really filled me with joy is, whenever I've blown it as a Christian--and yes I do because Christians aren't perfect, is the truth that when Jesus was on that cross he knew ALL of the sins I would commit even as his child and he STILL paid the price for them the punishment I so deserve. To know that he loves us that much that while we were still his enemies Christ died for us, is to KNOW the greatest LOVE, unfailing love that satisfies the deepest longings of our hearts. To know that no matter how many times I fail my Savior Jesus, He loves me with an everlasting love and it does not CHANGE one iota.

(NOT that I want to sin), Lord knows I want to please the Lord, but whenever I do, He hasn't changed because His love is not based upon my successes or failures but on HIS great love for me because of who He is and what He has done. I wanna know such wonderous love, such patience, and faithfulness to the degree that I'm more like Jesus and so I learn to take up my cross and deny myself and follow HIM

lyn said...

Amen, may we never be satisfied with where we are, but desire to know Him more, obey Him, and be like Him. May we be consumed with Christ...until He absolutely truly is our all in all.