Saturday 22nd May 2010

IN THE CROSS OF CHRIST I GLORY,

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TOWERING OE’R

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THE WRECKS OF TIME

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ALL THE LIGHT OF SACRED STORY,

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GATHERS ROUND IT’S HEAD SUBLIME

John Bowring, 1825

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DON’T YOU KNOW

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THE CROSS IS A PAGAN SYMBOL ?

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Jamie asked, and then went on to explain that it was an ancient Mayan symbol, far older than Christianity.

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Why would Christians want to associate with that!

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I agreed that it was a pagan symbol, but that it was also the means by which the pagan world, in the form of the Roman Empire, painfully executed  the lowest of criminals. A kind of torture designed to make would be felons or rebels think again and again and again about disobeying the laws of the state.

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I further explained that the cross was special for Christians because Jesus Christ was executed upon one as a common criminal, the only man who never broke any laws, the least deserving to die, especially in this manner.

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That He did so of His own free choice, as prophesied in the book of Psalms chapter 22, and Isaiah chapter 53.

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That He did so in the place of everyone who will ever believe He is their one and only substitute, bearing the punishment their sin deserves, and conferring on them His perfect law keeping as His free gift.

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That those who benefit thus might have their sin forgiven and be declared ‘not guilty’ – as if they were the ones who’d justly suffered and died.

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Christians Rejoice in the symbol of an empty cross, as it reminds them of God’s amazing love, justice and mercy.

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Whatever other cultures think of the cross, it is our God given symbol of Good News.

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Good News - Christ died for sinners just like you.

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The Apostle Paul Wrote These Words in his letter to the Galatians chapter 6 and verse 14:-

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God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

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SO WHAT /

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WHO DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT A CROSS?

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For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Paul, 1 Corinthians chapter 1 and verse 18.

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Please cast yourself upon the mercy of God, embrace the cross as what you deserve, and rest in His work on behalf of sinners, today!

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“Blest Cross! blest Sepulchre! blest rather be the Man that there was put to shame for me!” John Bunyan

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