Sunday, April 24, 2011

He Is Risen

 Post from my previous blog:

When I wrote that entry last night, I didn't have time to write about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ because it was late and bedtime, so now I do.
I wrote about Him dying on the Cross for unworthy sinners (like myself).
John 19:31-42 ESV
31 Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.” 38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
Three days later He rose from the grave. He defeated death so that God's elect would be saved from it and live eternally with Him. We no longer have to fear God's wrath which is Hell and eternal separation from Christ.
Oh, to think that God would choose me to be part of His elect, well I don't know why He would choose me, it's beyond me, but I am eternally grateful.
Jesus is alive and seated at the right hand of God!!! Death cannot touch Him now!

Happy Easter.
Grace be with you.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

"For I Dare Not Stand On My Righteousness..."

This is a post from my previous blog:

There is a song that I absolutely love called "I Come By The Blood", it's on a Sovereign Grace CD called "Songs for the Cross-Centered Life". In the chorus he sings, "I come by the Blood, I come by the Cross, where Your Mercy flows from Hands pierced for me, FOR I DARE NOT STAND ON MY RIGHTEOUSNESS, my every hope rests on what Christ has done, and I come by the Blood". I just think that is so beautiful.
Nothing any of has ever done could possibly get us even close to just talking with God, it doesn't matter how "good" it was in our own eyes we could never be in communion with God by OUR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, He is MUCH too HOLY and we are MUCH too UNHOLY to come into the presence of God. The only way we could do that is if God would send His Only Begotten Son to die for us, and.....He did.
Jesus Christ, born of a virgin knew from the moment He was born that He would die for God's elect someday. He lived a Perfect, Holy, sinless life.......NEVER ONCE, NEVER ONCE did He EVER go against God or sin against Him. Yes, He was tempted by Satan, but He never said yes to his evil ways. He knew what He was born to do, Satan knew it too, and did not want it to happen. None of us, not even Satan could even try the smallest attempt to stop God from having His Will be done.
A couple thousand years ago Jesus Christ came to this world, Perfect, Sinless, Spotless, Holy, to be mocked, beaten, crushed and nailed to a Cross to die for God's Elect. Why? Because, when each and every one of was conceived and born IN SIN God knew it before there was time (He knew and still knows EVERYTHING before it ever did or will happen) and there would be no way to save us unless He sent His Son to die for us. From what was He saving us? His wrath (Hellfire, not only would we have died bodily, but spiritually as well), our bodies would have died on earth and then our souls eternally burned and tormented in Hell, separating us from Him eternally in Heaven.
Ever since the fall of man (Adam and Eve eating from the tree, from which, God had told them not to eat), every generation is conceived and born in sin. God is so Holy that we could never enter His presence except by the Blood of the Lamb, which Jesus Christ shed for God's Elect on Calvary on the Cross. A death every single one of us deserved but He took so we wouldn't have to. How can those who trust in Him not be grateful?

No one is deserving of such love, not me, no one.
Grace be with you.

Friday, April 22, 2011

"The Look"

"The Look"

I saw One hanging on a tree in agony and blood,
Who fixed His loving eyes on me, as near His cross I stood.
And never till my dying breath will I forget that look
It seemed to charge me with His death, though not a word He spoke.

My conscience felt and owned the guilt, and plunged me in despair.
I saw my sins His blood had spilt, and helped to nail Him there.
But with a second look He said, "I freely all forgive.
This blood is for your ransom paid. I died that you might live."

Forever etched upon my mind,
Is the look of Him who died,
The Lamb I crucified.
And now my life will sing the praise
Of pure atoning grace,
That looked on me and gladly took my place.

Thus while His death my sin displays for all the world to view,
Such is the mystery of grace: It seals my pardon too.
With pleasing grief and mournful joy, my spirit now is filled-
That I should such a life destroy yet live by Him I killed

Forever etched upon my mind, 
Is the look of Him who died,
The Lamb I crucified.
And now my life will sing the praise
Of pure atoning grace,
That looked on me and gladly took my place.

Grace be with you.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


"Saved, Redeemed, Ransomed"

Jesus, my King, on You my gaze is rarely focused
So concerned with self, I hardly take time to notice
The cross where You hung, the tomb where You were laid
My life, it was saved, redeemed, ransomed, because of the price You paid
Without You, I would be dead
Were it not for the Blood, that, on the cross, You shed
How can I forget that or not give it any thought?
For it was on that cross that, my soul, You bought
Show me, teach me, to stay fixed on You everyday
To not let anything or self get in the way
Too often my days are all about me
With rarely a thought or praise for You Who are Holy
Righteous, Sinless, Almighty You are
Yet still for me, You went so far
I was dead in my sin, You gave me life through Your death
It should've been me, yet You paid my debt
You loved me so much though why I do not know
Saviour, may my life, Your Love, always show
To the cross, I nailed Your hands and Your feet
I hurt You so much Your blood covered You like a sheet
I placed a crown of thorns upon Your lovely head
I did not love You for, "Crucify Him!", is what I said
Upon that cross, aloud, You cried
And there I watched You as You died
Three days later, You rose again
You saved me after all I did
You showed me mercy, love, kindness
Though I am unworthy, You made me righteous
I need no longer fear death or the wrath of God
For I have been washed in Your Holy, Precious Blood

~Katie Bekah
Grace be with you.