Jesus, Friend

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Jesus, the Lamb of God with us
Betrayed, denied by friends He loved
Bleeding, dying, buried, then raised
Death conquered by Power and Grace

Jesus, Friend of sinners and thieves
Of which I am the the worst of these
My sin, my debt, my nakedness
Gone, paid, now dressed in Righteousness

Behind the lines

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another. ~John 15:12-17

Sweat and Blood

jesus-2437571_1920The cross would weigh as Jesus prayed,
In agony, “take this from me,”
Is there a way, some other way,
Sin can be paid?

It’s only by Your sweat and blood,
Holy, only Son of God,
It’s only by Your blood,
Only by Your blood,
For Calvary’s hill,
Was the Father’s will,
The Father’s will,
To shed Your blood.

Betrayer’s kiss on Righteousness,
Falsely accused, beaten and bruised,
There was no way, no other way,
Sin could be paid.

By sweat and blood and endless love,
You took Wrath’s cup and drank it up,
You are the way, the only way,
Our sins are paid.

Behind the lines

(Luke 22:39-48 ESV)

[39] And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. [40] And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” [41] And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, [42] saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” [43] And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. [44] And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. [45] And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, [46] and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

[47] While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, [48] but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”

Bloodstained

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You wrote on the door of my heart,
With bloodstains of the Lamb,
You freed me from captivity,
And the journey began.

You have called me out of the dark,
Repentant of my sin,
You have redeemed me in Your love,
With mercy without end.

Your mercy never ends,
Your mercy never ends.

I am bloodstained,
Bloodstained by the Lamb,
Covered in mercy,
Painted by Your hand.

You will lead me through deep waters,
And shut them back again,
You will guide me through desert sands,
To see the Promised Land.

I long for the milk and honey,
Free from the world of sin,
But most of all You will be there,
I’m eager for the Lamb.

One journey over,
A new one begins,
Forever with You,
In the Promised Land.

Behind the lines

I love the Passover story and how God displayed His power over all the Egyptian gods before freeing Israel.

It also correlates so well to those freed from sin by the blood of Christ. May we give Him praise for His grace and mercy and thank Him for leading us out of captivity.

Even though we are free, we will struggle much like the Israelites did until we reach the Promised Land. However, once we are there we won’t have to fight for the land. God is preparing a place for us.

Have your sins been removed by the bloodstains of the Lamb? Are you eager to see Him in the Promised Land?

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