Saturday, September 6, 2008

Jesus Saves

I wanted to post this yesterday with the last post for "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross," but needless to say my brain forgot. So here it is today.


Every drop of blood that touched the ground
Cried Jesus saves, Jesus saves
A world of sin rejoiced to hear the sound
Jesus saves, Jesus saves
Even the sword that pierced His side
Cried Jesus saves, Jesus saves
The message of His arms stretched open wide
Cried Jesus saves, Jesus saves

Hallelujah, I'm redeemed
I've been pardoned, full and free
All because the blood still sings
Jesus saves, Jesus saves

All the host of heaven now proclaims
Jesus saves, Jesus saves
And in the book of life beside my name
Is Jesus saves, Jesus saves

Hallelujah, I'm redeemed
I've been pardoned, full and free
All because the blood still sings
Jesus saves, Jesus saves

Jesus saves, Jesus saves
Jesus saves, Jesus saves

We have heard the joyful sound
Jesus saves, Jesus saves
Spread the tidings all around
Jesus saves, Jesus saves
Hallelujah, I'm redeemed
Jesus saves, Jesus saves

Friday, September 5, 2008

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (Day 5)

To finish this week out, I decided to talk just a tad bit about 1 Corinthians 1:18. And the apostle Paul wrote this....

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

When it is talking about the preaching of the cross it is talking about the message about Jesus' atoning death. In verse 19 of this same chapter it says, "For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise..." In all of life there are essentially just two kinds of wisdom, man's wisdom and God's wisdom, with the cross in between. What man thinks about the cross (either "foolishness" or "the power of God") determines his eternal destiny.

The word power in the Greek is dunamis (doo-nam-is), which means force (literal or figural), specially miraculous power. Some where down the language line we get the word dynamite. So the preaching of the cross is either foolishness and of no effect to people who don't get saved. Or the preaching of the cross is EXPLOSIVE to the people who get saved, so EXPLOSIVE that it changes people, the way they think, act, and speak.

If this whole week didn't help anyone, it such did help me. It made me stop and think what Jesus did for me and not only me, but the whole world. I am very thankful that Jesus died on the cross and shed his precious blood for me. 1 Peter 1:18 and 19 says this....

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; (1 Peter 1:18)
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (1 Peter 1:19)

Jesus was the only one to save us from our sins. His blood was precious and pure. That is what we needed to cleanse us from our sins.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (Day 4)

The Crucifixion Story

Told by Jesus' disciple John, who was an eye witness to the suffering of Jesus. The words of Jesus in red letters.

John 19:17-42
And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: (John 19:17)
Where they crucified him, and two others with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. (John 19:18)
And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. (John 19:19)
This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. (John 19:20)
Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. (John 19:21)
Pilate answered, What I have written I have written. (John 19:22)
Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. (John 19:23)
They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did. (John 19:24)
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. (John 19:25)
When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple (John) standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! (John 19:26)
Then saith he to the disciple (John), Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple (John) took her unto his own home. (John 19:27)
After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. (John 19:28)
Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. (John 19:29)
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (John 19:30)
The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. (John 19:31)
Then came soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. (John 19:32)
But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: (John 19:33)
But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. (John 19:34)
And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. (John 19:35)
For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. (John 19:36)
And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced. (John 19:37)
And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. (John 19:38)
And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. (John 19:39)
Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. (John 19:40)
Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre (or tomb), wherein was never man yet laid. (John 19:41)
There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre (or tomb) was nigh at hand. (John 19:42)

Remember, Jesus arose from the dead on the third day.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (Day 2)

If we think about how terrible the cross is, then someone might ask, why is it so wonderful?? Well it is wonderful because Jesus died on the cross to save us from sin (if we pray to God and ask him to forgive us of are sins). Here is some information about the crucifixion.

Crucifixion was one of the most cruel and barbarous forms of death known to man. First they would tie or nail, possibly both (we know that Jesus was nailed to the cross). Here are some other things about the crucifixion. Abnormal position of the body. The slightest movement would be accompanied with additional torture. The traumatic fever induced by hanging for such a long period of time. When a person is suspended by his hands, the blood sinks rapidly into the lower extremities of the body. Within six to twelve minutes blood pressure has dropped to 50 percent, while the rate of the pulse has doubled. The heart is deprived of blood and fainting follows.

Sometimes a fire was built beneath the cross that its fumes might suffocate the sufferer. Victims of crucifixion did not generally die for two or three days. Death was hastened by the breaking of the legs.

Other causes of death were, physical shock, dehydration, exhaustion or heart failure.

This is a quote that I heard Brian Baer say while he was preaching one night.
"He hung naked between Heaven and earth, to give us a robe of pure white."

Isn't it truly wonderful to think that Jesus didn't have to die on the cross for us, but he did. And not only did he die for us, but he arose from the dead on the third day. PRAISE THE LORD!!!

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Monday, September 1, 2008

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Week (Day 1)

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Wrote by Isaac Watts
Tune: Hamburg

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ, my God;
All the vain things that charm me most-
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.