GET TOGETHER- THE POWER OF THE CROSS
Col 2:14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Yesterday I experienced one of those very special Holy Spirit sacred moments. I was babysitting our three-year-old granddaughter Hannah. I had gone on YouTube and put on a Veggie Tales episode. I was thinking that when that episode finished that it would just go on to another episode.
Well, what happened it went to the Gaither’s, and they were singing When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. I expected Hannah to tell me to put it on something else that would have been more appealing to a child her age. Wow! To my present surprise she moved toward the Television and watched and listened to the whole song. I believe that it was the anointing of the Holy Spirit that was on that song. And I thought about how special that the Holy Spirit could speak to the spirit of a child in such a way to hold her attention. I truly believe that God was depositing something into her spirit!
That same Holy Spirit that I believe drew her to the TV set and captivated her attention is capable of drawing to the cross those who like I was at one time are living in sinful lifestyles and are not living in the will of God. That is why we pray for those who have not yet come to the cross. There are some wonderful passages about the cross and the power of the cross. Here are a couple and what I believe that the Lord is saying to us through them.
At the cross we see that Jesus humbled Himself and took the punishment that we as sinners deserved. Paul writes in Phi4:8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. These lyrics in that great Hymn by Issac Watts describe that suffering:
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?
They also describe the love that our Lord has for sinners and His willingness to suffer unto death in order that we might be saved from Hell, delivered from the power that Hell has had over our lives, and healed from the damage that Hell has inflicted upon our lives.
In the passage at the beginning of this message Paul tells us in Col 2:14 “having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” Every charge has now been dropped. We are free from the condemnation of our sinful pasts. We can now live as people reconciled to God, by the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ!
That brings to mind this verse from that hymn :
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
His death on the cross was costly. His love for us is so great that words cannot explain it. The gift that He grants us is free and yet we give Him all of our lives to serve Him. We do this not to get saved, but because we are saved. Perhaps when we hear that song sung, we should just as our granddaughter Hannah did just get lost in it and allow the Holy Spirit to love on us and for us to love Him back. By the way I am putting the link to the Gaither’s singing that song on here. Pick you out a good time and do what I just said. And never forget the love that was poured out for us by Jesus suffering and shedding His precious Blood for us on Calvary’s cross.
Let Us Pray:
Lord Jesus we thank you for going to the cross for us. We thank You for paying our sin debt. May we surrender all of our being to You in a way that brings glory to Your Name.
In Jesus Name
Love you all!
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross [Live] – YouTube
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PS For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, it is on TV 16.