The Blood Dripped

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The blood dripped on the broken ground,
Covering the sand and stones,
With each drop the earth trembled,
And the Son of Man groaned.

The blood dripped and the dust was stirred,
Moved by Great Weight and the Wind,
The dust was blown away by Love,
For this Man had never sinned.

The blood dripped as the flies gathered,
To drink from the Son of God,
Their feet washed by His royalty,
A foretaste of what’s to come.

The blood dripped as He breathed His last,
Under a darkened sky,
Then it flowed down the metal spear,
Mixed with water from His side.

The blood dripped on the rough cut wood,
Made for murderers and thieves,
The tree without roots would bear fruit,
Nourished by the Prince of Peace.

The blood dripped, the blood dripped,
From the Son of God…

Behind the lines

Hebrews 9:22…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

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Clothed

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I was kneeling on holy ground,
Beneath the Judge’s stand,
They asked me where my clothes came from;
I pointed to the Lamb.

“My clothing comes from His sweet name,”
I spoke with trembling lips,
“I’m sorry about all the stains,”
O God of Righteousness.

“They happened when I saw His cross,
And gory nakedness,
That’s where He took my clothes away,
Then gave me these for dress.

He told me never to despair,
Or fear the dark abyss,
But I know these aren’t mine to wear,
I’ve earned a death like His.”

The gavel sounded in the Court,
As I knelt by the throne,
Wearing clothes I could not afford,
With stains that weren’t my own.

Behind the lines

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10 ESV)

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?”

Turn to the Cross

cross-1448946_1920Come look on the cross,
Put the world aside,
Turning our hearts and minds where,
His grace was applied.

Consider our sin,
The death we have earned,
Think of mercy and justice,
Until souls are stirred.

We turn to the cross,
Never the same,
Our sins are no more,
And praises we bring,
Our joy is the Lord,
And that’s why we sing,
That’s why we sing of the cross.

His body and blood,
The thorns on His brow,
Nails driven through Righteousness
And God’s wrath poured out.

Deliverer,
You are our Savior,
Forever.

Behind the lines

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24 ESV).

Have you been to the cross?

Man of Sorrows

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I’ve been hungry and alone,
Satan tempted me to sin,
Betrayed by a disciple,
And deserted by my friends.

I am a Man of Sorrows,
I’ve been acquainted with grief,
Falsely accused and sentenced,
To be crucified with thieves.

I understand great heartache,
I’ve experienced that pain,
Despised in my suffering,
I was spit upon in shame.

Forsaken by my Father,
He did not answer my cry,
My mother was looking on,
As the soldiers pierced my side.

I was beaten and bleeding,
Crushed for your iniquity,
The wounds I took brought healing,
Punishment to bring you peace.

I endured the Father’s wrath,
In anguish beyond degree,
But redeemed my beloved Bride,
Yes, I died to set you free.

Behind the lines

Romans 12:15 calls the Christian to weep with those who weep. Yet, we often cannot fully comprehend the grief of others affected by tragedy, abuse, illness, and the sudden and awful loss of life.

While we cannot fully sympathize with them, there is One who can and He is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Man of Sorrows and He alone can bring true healing. He has overcome evil and the grave with His first coming, and will one day come again to forever banish all evil, all suffering, all death, and all tears. To that we say, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

Meanwhile, Romans 12:9-21 also calls us to let our love be genuine and to abhor evil and hold fast to what is good. May we love one another with brotherly affection. May we rejoice in the hope we have in Christ, have patience in tribulation, and be constant in prayer. May we share the good news of Christ with others so they too can see evil and goodness through the lens of the cross.

He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:3-6 ESV).

Other verses: Matthew 27:27-30, Mark 15:34, John 19:26-27

Grace

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Great words are not for men to give,
For this one would not be,
God gave this word so men might live,
In His love and mercy.

If not for the cross of Jesus,
This word would not be prayed,
The wrath of God remains on us,
As sin debt goes unpaid.

This word is not what we deserve,
In Christ we will exult,
Its power will change and preserve,
And joy is the result.

There are few words more beautiful,
Than this word to a man,
Who once had been dead and sinful,
But now is born again.

This word gives sinners righteousness,
It is our final plea,
If not for Christ and God’s justice,
This word would never be.

Behind the lines

Grace is a simple, yet beautiful word with a HUGE meaning that leads to much joy in Christ. From Biblos the Greek word is charis (Strongs 5845):

charis: grace, kindness

Original Word: χάρις, ιτος, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: charis
Phonetic Spelling: (khar’-ece)
Short Definition: grace, favor, kindness
Definition: (a) grace, as a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ, (b) favor, (c) gratitude, thanks, (d) a favor, kindness.

The Hebrew word is “chen” (Strongs 2580) and the first occurrence is found in Genesis 6:8:

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD (ESV)

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD (KJV)

Original Word: חֵן
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: chen
Phonetic Spelling: (khane)
Short Definition: favor

Grace has another link to the Greek word chairó (Strongs 5463):

chairó: to rejoice, be glad

Original Word: χαίρω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: chairó
Phonetic Spelling: (khah’-ee-ro)
Short Definition: I rejoice, am glad
Definition: I rejoice, am glad; also a salutation: Hail.

For when God gives grace it causes great joy!

5463 /xaírō (“glad for grace“) has a direct “etymological connection with xaris (grace)” (DNTT, 2, 356). S. Zodhiates (Dict, 1467) likewise comments that 5479 /xará(“joy”) and 5485 /xáris (“grace”) are cognate with 5463/xaírō (“to rejoice”), i.e. all share the same root and therefore the same core (fundamentalmeaning.

From Wikipedia:

In Christian theology, grace has been defined as “the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it”,”the condescension or benevolence shown by God toward the human race”. It is understood by Christians to be a spontaneous gift from God to man – “generous, free and totally unexpected and undeserved” – that takes the form of divine favor, love and clemency.

May you rejoice in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and as Paul wrote in opening and closing many of his letters. Grace to you or grace be with you.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers (and sisters). Amen.” (Galatians 6:18)

John 1:17, Ephesians 2:5-10

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