Thursday, February 18, 2010

Beautiful Terrible Cross

 For the past few days I havn't been able to get away from the power of the Cross of Christ.  I am simply, and possibly for the first time, awestruck at how beautiful and terrible the death of my Savior truly was.  I realize that I normally post either light hearted goofy shenanigans or sad and somber grief related posts.  I feel strongly that I need to do something different for a day or two.  I'm not a preacher(I have the wrong chromosomes for that) and I can't exegete or illiterated anything for you.  I can only let God speak for Himself.  He can speak more loudly or clearly than I can.  I'm sure we'll be back to our regularly scheduled insanity in a few days.  But for now, if you would, humor me..................


 
32And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. 33And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
 34They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 35And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 36And sitting down they watched him there; 37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 39And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
 40And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. 41Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, 42He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 43He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. 44The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. 45Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 47Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. 48And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
 49The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. 50Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.  Matthew 27:32-54


Stay tuned tomorrow for the rest.............................................

Beautiful Terrible Cross
There is a beautiful terrible cross
Where though You committed no sin
Savior You suffered the most wicked fate
On the cruelest creation of men

Yet on that beautiful terrible cross
You did what only You could
Turning that dark inspired evil of hell
Into our soul’s greatest good


[Chorus]
We see the love that You showed us
We see the life that You lost
We bow in wonder and praise You
For the beautiful terrible cross

There on that beautiful terrible cross
Though darkness was strong on that hill
You remained sovereign, Lord, still in control
As Your perfect plan was fulfilled

[Chorus]

We gained the riches of heaven
Jesus You paid the horrible cost
We stand forgiven and praise You
For the beautiful terrible cross
For the beautiful terrible cross

In the cross, in the cross
Be my glory ever
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river

3 comments:

Jules said...

Enjoyed reading your post today. It's a good reminder to think about what all Christ endured for our sake. As I read verse 53 something "new" stuck out to me that all of that had "appeared unto many". Vs. 54 goes onto say that those around Him, who were just criticizing him were afraid b/c they realized "Truly this was the Son of God"! How powerful! I wonder if they continued on in there Pharisee ways or after realizing this, did they change? Just a little nugget I was thinking about.

Never heard that song before. I'll have to look it up on playlist and see if I can hear it. The words are beautiful.

Thank You Jesus for dying on that beautiful terrible cross for me!

Sarah said...

Nikki,
You are right you are not a preacher, but you are a wonderful teacher and example. I don't know you in the real world, but from reading your posts I know that your youth group is very lucky to have you and Chad. Your posts are always wonderful and this 1 is no exception.

Sarah

The lady of the house... said...

Hi. I just happened upon your blog via another site. I've been encouraged by your journey. It's so wonderful to see how many lovely women out there are seeking our Beautiful Lord for wisdom and insight and in some cases, sanity! :-) Hope you have all the grace you need for TODAY!!
Janelle from Three Men and their Ladies.