Friday, April 22, 2011

Because of the Cross...

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the cross where You died for us and as us!

You said, "If I be lifted up, I will draw all..to Myself."  I read somewhere that the word "men", as in draw all men, isn't in the original.  So maybe we can think of You drawing all that was against us, all that would keep us from blessed fellowship with You - drawing all that upon and into Yourself on the cross.

You were lifted up on the cross and You drew ALL to Yourself..

All our sin...

All our failures...

All our shame...

All our guilt...

All the law's requirements upon us...

All the law's judgment upon us...

All the law's condemnation of us...

All the law's curse upon us...

All the effects of the law's curse upon us...

All the pain...

All the sorrow...

All the weaknesses...

All the alienation...

All the lostness...

All the animosity...

All the power of the enemy over us...

All the accusations of the enemy against us...

All the enslavement to sin...

All the bondage to fear...

All the entrapment in lies...

All the confusion...

All the misunderstanding of who You really are...

All the unfaith...

All the hopelessness...

All the neediness...

All the dead works...

All of the sin nature...

All of the old self...

All of the old person infected with the sin spirit...

All of who we were without You...

All of the old creation...

ALL of it, taken to the cross so we need bear it no more!

ALL of it...GONE!

Thank You, Lord, that You took all that was against us, all that bound us, the sin that was destroying us, the bondage to the law that doomed us, the power of sin and the enemy to kill us - You absorbed all that into Your own body on the cross and killed it off!  You put an end to it and took it down to the grave!  And none of it rose!

Praise You, Lord Jesus, we are free! Free, free, free!

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May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14