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From The Pastor

 

Dear Church Family,

 

The hymn writer, Isaac Watts captured the magnitude and sacrifice of the cross of Christ in his hymn, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” He wrote: “When I survey the wondrous cross, on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain, I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride. See, from His head, His hands, His feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down; did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?”

 

In surveying the “Wondrous Cross,” we find five wonder blessings that Christ did for us. The first blessing is “Reconciliation.” We can be at peace with God. When Jesus died on the cross, He made it possible for us to be reconciled to God and restored to fellowship with Him by faith in Christ. In Romans 5:1, 10, “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son…we shall be saved by His life” (Colossians 1:20-22).

 

“Justification” is the second blessing. We are declared righteous before God, through Christ’s death. He absorbed our punishment for our sins, therefore when we believe in Him, our sins are no longer held against us. “Being justified is a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24). Also in Romans 5, verse 9, “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him” (Titus 3:4-7).

 

We also have “Redemption.” We are ransomed from our sin and condemnation. The ransom price for our sin has been paid in full; God has bought us back through Christ (Colossians 3:13). Paul writes in Ephesians 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” In Colossians 1:14, “In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 20:28, Galatians 4:4-5, Hebrews 9:12, I Peter 1:18-19).

 

The fourth blessing is “Propitiation.” We are free from God’s wrath. The offering of Christ was acceptable to God. Christ met and satisfied God’s standard of righteousness for us. I John 4:10 states, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (Hebrews 2:17, I John 2:2).

 

The fifth blessing is “Victory.” Paul, in the fifteenth chapter of I Corinthians, declares the believer’s victory through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul delivered a message of first importance, that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day. Without the resurrection of Jesus there is no “Victory”, our faith is in vain and we would still be in our sins. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 15:57). 

 

Hallelujah, what a Savior! Have a Blessed Resurrection Sunday!

 

Pastor Kirk