Gift #298: The Cross

Today is Good Friday and today I celebrate the Great Exchange.  This is the day we remember Christ’s sacrifice for us and His death on the cross.  Even after being raised with Christian doctrine all my life, my heart still wonders in amazement at the foot of the cross.  There I see my King and Creator, everlasting God, pouring out His life for me. Justice and mercy meet at the cross and salvation flows down.  I heard it put this way on the radio this afternoon:  “The cost of sin was blood, but God did not demand our own, instead He gave His own in payment.”  I’ve been thinking a lot about the last meal Christ shared with His disciples hours before He would be arrested.  He told them to remember the bread and the wine that they shared as a symbol of His body and blood that would form the New Covenant with His people.  They were celebrating Passover that night, the time that the Israelites remembered their redemption as slaves from Egypt.  Each family was to sacrifice a lamb, put its blood on their doorposts, and eat the lamb.  That night, an angel of the Lord went through the country and took the life of every firstborn, except in the homes that had the blood of the lamb applied.  On the last night of Jesus’ life He commemorated this act and fulfilled its deeper meaning by becoming the Passover Lamb Himself.   Just as the first Passover sanctified and birthed a nation of God’s own people, so Christ’s sacrifice ushered in a New Covenant and redeemed people from every nation and tongue to be His own.   But the new covenant would be distinctly different.  The first covenant was written on stone and was a call to holiness, to distinction of behavior.  The New Covenant is written on our heart as God clothes us with the righteousness of Christ. I’m so thankful for the cross,  the hand of God extended to us to offer redemption, hope, and new life.

Thank you for the cross, Lord.
Thank you for the price you paid.
Bearing all my sin and shame, in love you came
And gave Amazing Grace.

Thank you for the scars, Lord.
Thank you for the nail-pierced hands.
Wash me in Your cleansing flow, now all I know…
Your forgiveness and embrace.

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne.
We crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious!
High and lifted up
Jesus, Son of God.
The darling of Heaven, crucified…
Worthy is the Lamb.

Worthy is the Lamb.
–  Darlene Zscech

Blessings to you,

Sarah

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