Thursday, October 9, 2008

What a Wonderful Savior

Last night began the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur is the most solemn and important of Jewish holidays, a time set aside for fasting and prayer, in order to seek forgiveness for wrongs done against God and against each other.

Especially during this time of year, when I see the throngs of people in my neighborhood making their annual pilgrimage to the temple, I am so thankful I have a Savior who has made atonement for me! Praise God for His miraculous gift that sent Jesus to atone for my sins and set me free!

The Law was given by God to show people their sin. God knew that we, as sinners, would never be able to live up to the requirements of the Law. Especially since breaking one law meant breaking the WHOLE LAW!

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. James 2:10

God's grace sent Jesus to the cross on my behalf.

He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. I Peter 2:24

I should have died in my sins, but Jesus took my place. He took my sins, and the sins of the whole world, on His body, and died a substitutionary death to save me - save me from a life in slavery to sin, and the wrath of God.

Our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin... Romans 6:6

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Romans 5:9

And there's more! Jesus through His work has reconciled us to God.

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. II Cor. 5:18-19

And made us overcomers!

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. I John 5:4

Truly, He is a wonderful Savior.

What A Wonderful Savior
Words by Elisha A. Hoffman

Christ has for sin atonement made
What a wonderful Savior!
We are redeemed, the price is paid
What a wonderful Savior!

What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, my Jesus!
What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, my Lord!

I praise Him for the cleansing blood
What a wonderful Savior!
That reconciled my soul to God
What a wonderful Savior!

He cleansed my heart from all its sin
What a wonderful Savior!
And now He reigns and rules therein
What a wonderful Savior!

He walks beside me in the way:
What a wonderful Savior!
And keeps me faithful day by day;
What a wonderful Savior!

He gives me overcoming power
What a wonderful Savior!
And triumph in each trying hour
What a wonderful Savior!

To Him I’ve given all my heart:
What a wonderful Savior!
The world shall never share a part:
What a wonderful Savior!

1 comment:

Erin said...

Have you thought about compiling your posts into a book? I've heard about a self-publishing program that will do that.