Sunday, March 7, 2010

From the Cross

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

Sinners are welcome at the cross. There is room for you there! The cross welcomes sinners to its side, to take in the healing provided by Jesus' death on our behalf.

Indeed, love's redeeming work was done on the cross. Jesus' last words were, "It is finished." (John 19:30) The work that He had come to Earth to do had been accomplished. He paid the price for our sin by giving up His life on the cross.

For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. I Corinthians 6:20

Because of His death on the cross, we can lay our burdens down at His feet, at His pierced body.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. I Peter 5:6-7

"For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:30

Those who have accepted the free gift of life in Jesus Christ are now free from the bondage of sin. Sin no longer separates them from God, for Jesus paid for that sin allowing the believer to boldly approach God on His holy throne. In the days when Jesus lived on Earth, a fabric veil separated the worshiper from the holy of holies. Only the high priest was able to approach the mercy seat. But when Jesus died, the veil was torn in two!

And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. Mark 15:38

We no longer need an intercessor!

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

And the best is yet to come! As believers, we now look forward to Christ's second coming, when He comes back to Earth to welcome us to our eternal home in heaven.

For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. I Thessalonians 5:2

He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20

Thank you Lord, that You welcome us sinners to Your side.

From the Cross
Words by Thomas Haweis

From the cross uplifted high,
Where the Savior deigns to die,
What melodious sounds we hear,
Bursting on the ravished ear!
“Love’s redeeming work is done—
Come and welcome! sinner, come!

“Sprinkled now with blood the throne;
Why beneath thy burdens groan?
On My pierced body laid,
Justice owns the ransom paid:
Bow the knee, and kiss the Son,
Come and welcome, sinner, come.

“Spread for thee, the festal board
See with richest bounty stored;
To thy Father’s bosom pressed,
Thou shalt be a child confessed,
Never from His house to roam;
Come and welcome! sinner, come!

“Soon the days of life shall end—
Lo, I come—your Savior, Friend!
Safe your spirit to convey
To the realms of endless day,
Up to My eternal home—
Come and welcome! sinner, come!”

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