Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Grace of the Cross

Pondering these things in my heart in the wee hours of the morning.........before light breaks.
From the saints before us:

O My Savior,
I thank thee from the depths of my being
for thy wondrous grace and love
     in bearing my sin in thine own body on the tree.
May thy cross be to me
as the tree that sweetens my bitter Marahs,
as the rod that blossoms with life and beauty,
as the brazen serpent that calls forth the look of faith.
By thy cross CRUCIFY my every sin;
Use it to increase my intimacy with thyself;
Make it ground of all my comfort,
     the liveliness of all my duties,
     the sum of all thy gospel promises,
     the comfort of all my afflictions,
     the vigour of my love, thankfulness, graces,
     the very essence of my religion;
And by it give me that rest without rest,
the rest of ceaseless praise.

Thou hast also appointed a cross for me to take up and carry,
                                          a cross before thou givest me a crown.
Thou hast appointed it to be my portion,
but self-love hates it,
carnal reason is unreconciled to it;
without the grace of patience I cannot bear it,
                                                                   walk with it, profit by it.
O blessed cross, what mercies dost thou bring with thee!
Thou art only esteemed hateful by my rebel wills,
heavy because I shirk thy load.
Teach me, gracious Lord and Saviour,
that with my cross thou sendest promised grace
   so that I may bear it patiently,
that my cross is thy yoke which is easy,
        and thy burden which is light.

Why did you do it? Stay up there on that cross?
You our Creator...........took it all............ the sin of the world upon yourself for us your creation.
You put on skin to feel taste die......all for us!
The veil was torn from top to bottom..............but it is us your creation that continues trying to stitch that curtain back together to hang it between the Creator and us His creation!

You did it because you didn't want to be separated from us your the whole earth could be full of your Glory!
You washed away our sins with your blood that dripped that day on Calvary.
You removed the barrier and Satan has helped Religion put the curtain back up to keep us separated from you.
Religion has helped us think that you putting on flesh wasn't enough!
We "Christians," are the walking dead when in reality we are supposed to be ALIVE IN CHRIST!

When I truly think about what He breath catches in my throat and it's then that I want to fall to my knees and cry out.............."holy, holy, holy!"
I feel it in my whole body.........He loves us! He truly loves us!

Today is the day of remembering...........that He loves you............He loves me......and now is the moment that we can truly learn to LIVE! Live willing to allow ourselves to be poured out so He can pour in!

all of grace,