“The Death of Christ was unique, miraculous, supernatural …Hearken to the words which fell from His lips while He hung upon the cross—words which inform us of the purpose, the meaning, the sufferings, and the sufficiency of the Death Divine.”
Have you ever been in the presence of someone who is on their death bed, at the side of someone who knows he or she will very soon leave this life? Particularly someone with whom you’ve had a long-lasting relationship or care deeply about? The closest I’ve come to experiencing this is in 2008 when my father-in-law, Joe, was gravely ill in the hospital. It was actually Easter weekend when our family decided we should drive to Phoenix to see him (9 years ago now!). My husband and I and our three children (ages 14-18 at the time) each wrote a personal letter that we read to him. Joe wasn’t able to talk with us, but we know that he was aware and could understand all that we shared with him. After having attended a local church on Easter Sunday, we learned that the Lord, in His perfect timing, had taken Joe to be with Him. Continue reading “A Dying Man’s Last Words: The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross”
I marvel that thou shouldst become incarnate,
be crucified, dead, and buried.
The sepulchre calls forth my adoring wonder,
for it is empty and thou art risen;
the four-fold gospel attests it,
the living witnesses prove it,
my heart’s experience knows it.
Give me to die with thee that I may rise to new life,
for I wish to be as dead and buried
to sin, to selfishness, to the world;
that I might not hear the voice of the charmer,
and might be delivered from his lusts.
O Lord, there is much ill about me — crucify it,
much flesh within me — mortify it.
Purge me from selfishness,
the fear of man, the love of approbation,
the shame of being thought old-fashioned,
the desire to be cultivated or modern.
Let me reckon my old life dead
because of crucifixion,
and never feed it as a living thing.
Grant me to stand with my dying Saviour,
to be content to be rejected,
to be willing to take up unpopular truths,
and to hold fast despised teachings until death.
Help me to be resolute and Christ-contained.
Never let me wander from the path of obedience to thy will.
Strengthen me for the battles ahead.
Give me courage for all the trials,
and grace for all the joys.
Help me to be a holy, happy person,
free from every wrong desire,
from everything contrary to thy mind.
Grant me more and more of the resurrection life:
may it rule me,
may I walk in its power,
and be strengthened through its influence.
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May you know the blessed truth and experience the reality of Christ’s resurrection this Easter and throughout the year!
“The passion of Jesus was absolutely unique, and his resurrection from the dead three days later was an act of God to vindicate what his death achieved…The controversy about who killed Jesus is marginal. He chose to die. His Father ordained it. He embraced it.”
The death of Christ was simultaneously the worst thing that ever happened and the best thing that ever happened. You may have seen (or even have) the bumper sticker that says, “Try Jesus – He died for the opportunity.” Personally, I find that offensive and here’s why: Christ’s death did more than merely make forgiveness from sin POSSIBLE. He accomplished what He came to earth to do, fulfilling the covenant made with His Father before the foundations of the world.
Originally entitled The Passion of Jesus Christ, in this book John Piper lists 50 things that Jesus accomplished by His death. This book makes for great daily devotional reading as each chapter is just two pages long and includes several scripture verses. Piper brings out the amazing truth and meaning of Christ’s death, all founded on God’s Word. Continue reading “He Died on Purpose, for a Purpose, and Accomplished His Mission: 50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die”