Sunday, April 12, 2009

He Is Risen

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.
- Genesis 3:15

But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
- Isaiah 53:5

And in that day I will answer, declares the Lord, I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth, and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel, and I will sow her for myself in the land. And I will have mercy on No Mercy, and I will say to Not My People, ‘You are my people’; and he shall say, ‘You are my God.’ And the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley. And I said to her, “You must dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.” For the children of Israel shall dwell many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or household gods. Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the Lord and to his goodness in the latter days.
- Hosea 2:21-3:5

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
- Romans 8:1-4

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”
- Matthew 28:5-7

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday 2009

The Lord did delight in his dear Son, and when he was found in fashion as a man, and became obedient unto death, he still was well pleased with him. Strange mixture! Jehovah delights in him, and yet bruises him; is well pleased, and yet slays him.
- C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Psalm 22:8

David's Psalm 22 is a majestic and beautiful cry for deliverance to God. Yet, more than just the prayers of David, it foretells the sufferings of Christ. The opening lines of the Psalm read, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" These are the very words of Christ as he hung on the cross: "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani!"

Throned upon the aweful tree, King of grief, I watch with thee,
Darkness veils thine anguished face: none its lines of woe can trace:
None can tell what pangs unknown hold thee silent and alone.

Silent through those three dread hours, wrestling with the evil pow'rs,
Left alone with human sin, gloom around thee and within,
Till tha'ppointed time is nigh, till Lamb of God may die.

Hark, that cry that peals aloud upward through the whelming cloud!
Thou, the Father's only Son, thou, his own Anointed One,
Thou dost ask him-can it be?-"Why hast thou forsaken Me?"

Lord, should fear and anguish roll darkly o'er my sinful soul,
Thou, who once wast thus bereft that thine own might ne'er be left,
Teach me by that bitter cry in the gloom to know thee nigh. Amen.

- John Ellerton, 1875