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The Suffering Prince

Picture yourself tied to a tree,
condemned of the sins of eternity.

Then picture a spear, parting the air,
seeking your heart to cut your despair.

Suddenly—a knight, in armor of white,
stands in the gap betwixt you and its flight,
bears the lance that runs him through.

His heart has been pierced that yours may beat,
and the blood of his corpse washes your feet.

Picture yourself in raiment white,
cleansed by the blood of the lifeless knight.

Never to mourn,
the prince who was downed,

For he is not lost! It is you who are found.

– by Johnny Hart, creator of BC Comics

The Via Dolorosa (The Way of Suffering)

The road Christ walked to Calvary is called (in Spanish) The Via Dolorosa – meaning The Way Of Suffering

Has the impact of Christ’s suffering on your behalf rooted deeply into your heart?

If No, IT”S TIME TO.

Why Did Jesus Choose The Cross?

Why did Jesus Choose The Cross?

Simply because through it, Jesus makes your salvation possible, reveals His plan to your heart, draws you near to Him, and keeps you secure for all eternity.

The message of the cross is that the justice, wisdom, love, and power of God has given you the victory over sin & death so that you can have eternal life.

Therefore, remember all He gave for you.

When you do, no matter what’s going on, focusing on what the Savior provided for you on the cross will make all the difference.

– Charles Stanley

 

Consider This Incredible Truth

Our Savior chose to become accursed so that He could remove the penalty of our sin from us.

He preferred to suffer such an extreme way – to die an excruciating death among the worst criminals of Rome – than to be separated from you and me for eternity.

When I think about that, it makes me want to fall down on my face and worship Him.

What an awesome and loving Savior we serve!

– from Charles Stanley

Are You In Gethsemane?

Jesus went…to a place called Gethsemane.” Mt 26:36 NIV

ARE YOU IN GETHSEMANE?

The word Gethsemane means “crushed olives.” 

From crushed olives comes oil that heals, illuminates, and nourishes.

We all have our Gethsemane.

To understand and embrace yours, look at the night Christ spent there before going to the cross: “Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them…’My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch [pray] with me.’ Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will'” (vv.36-39 NIV).

Notice:

  1. Gethsemane is where your prayers are not answered as you’d like them to be.  God understands how you feel, and He has a better plan in mind.
  2. Gethsemane is where those closest to you cannot help.  Like Christ’s disciples, they will pray with you for a while but then grow tired and give up.  At this point, you pray alone. You go on alone.
  3. Gethsemane is where you feel the full weight of God’s will.  The Old Testament prophets spoke of “the burden of the Word of the Lord.” Luke tells us that in Gethsemane Jesus was “full of pain” and that “His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground” (See Lk 22:44).

We used to sing in church, “All that I have, all that I am, all I shall ever be; cannot repay the love debt I owe; I surrender to Thee!”

If you’re finding it easier to sing than to surrender, you’re in Gethsemane!

– from a daily meditation

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