Posts Tagged ‘crucifixion’

We often talk about love being the colour red. e.g. Love is like a red, red rose etc; we give red roses to show our love for others.

On the very first Easter when Christ was crucified, love has never been so red when His blood flowed freely for us.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. ~ 1 John 1:7 (NIV)

The cross is the central focus of all we believe – Jesus, crucifixion, resurrection, forgiveness, everlasting life. So it’s no great surprise that the cross is the focal point in many churches, the reminder of everything we have to be grateful for.

Believe in the cross, and believe in Christ, because they are the rock on which our faith is built.

All because of the cross by Paul Baloche

What can wash a- way my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again, nothing but the blood of Jesus

For my pardon this I see, nothing but the blood of Jesus
For my cleansing this my plea, nothing but the blood of Jesus

All because of the cross we are white as snow
All be- cause of what You’ve done
There’s a cleansing flow for all who come
Lord, we come

This is all my hope and peace, nothing but the blood of Jesus
This is all my righteousness, nothing but the blood of Jesus

All because of the cross we are white as snow
All be- cause of what You’ve done there’s a cleansing flow
All because of the cross we are white as snow
All be- cause of what You’ve done
There’s a cleansing flow for all who come

Lord, we come
Lord, we come
Lord, we come

Oh, the blood of Je- sus; Oh, the blood of Je- sus
[Repeat]
Oh, the blood of Je- sus
Oh, the blood of Je- sus
On the cross, our sin erased
In Your death, our life was raised
On the cross, our sin erased
In Your death, our life was raised

Loud!

Shouting! Screaming!

This isn’t what ‘live loud’ is about. It’s about living your life in the way God wants you to, so that others can see Christ in us.

Let God’s love shine through your life so…

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live loud, our God we’ll say
We believe, we believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, we believe!

 

 

 

 

Let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing

So if you believe in God, and you believe in all He stands for…believe!

But don’t just believe…share your belief!

We believe by Newsboys

In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only one foundation
We believe, we believe
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only one salvation
We believe, we believe

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He’s comin’ back again, we believe

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, we believe!

We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He’s comin’ back again!

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live loud, our God we’ll say
We believe, we believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, we believe!

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He’s comin’ back,
He’s comin’ back again!
He’s comin’ back again!
We believe!
We believe

What does Easter mean to you?

For me Easter is all about sacrifice, the sacrifice that Jesus made for each one of us on the cross when he bled and died, just so we can all be forgiven of our sins. I find it almost impossible to truly understand the pain and agony Jesus suffered when he was crucified.

Can you imagine how God felt, giving up his one and only son, just so the world could be forgiven of every sin?

Personally I struggle to comprehend how God must have felt, but I am forever in God’s debt because He did allow Christ to die on the cross.

As with every Easter, I feel so inadequate and so unworthy of God’s love. However I am  also so thankful that God does love me unconditionally, and He is always by my side, guiding me and supporting me through each minute of every day, and challenge and problem life throws in my direction.

So if Easter has only ever been about two days off school or work and Easter eggs, I pray this Easter I have given you some food for thought about what Easter is really all about…

Easter is all about “The Cross” and the sacrifice God gave for you and for me.

Crucified
Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all

As far as I’m concerned, the reason we celebrate Easter has never been in doubt. However I do appreciate that for those of you who have never been told all about Jesus and how much He loves each one of us, you may still doubt why Christians celebrate Easter.

It’s all about love…

It’s all about God’s love for us…

It’s all about God’s Son, Jesus…

It’s all about a crown of thorns

It’s all about a cross…

It’s all about His blood shed for you and for me…

It’s all about our forgiveness.

You’re probably thinking, what a stupid questions, of course everyone knows it’s Easter! However I guess the question I’m really asking is do they know the reason why we celebrate Easter?

Have a think about all your family, friends, work/school mates and your neighbours, what percentage of them do you think are celebrating the Christ‘s resurrection this Easter?

If like me, you know and are in regular contact with many people who are either unaware of the real Easter message or are aware of the Easter message but do not celebrate it. As a Christian I recognise that this weekend, Easter weekend, is a good a time of year as any other, to tell those I’m in contact with that Easter is all about the cross, Christ’s crucifixion, His resurrection and ascension to heaven…and that was all for us!

Have you spread the message of Easter this year?

It’s not to late to do so now, because it’s never to late to come to the foot of the cross and seek Christ there.

At the cross I bow my knee
Where for me you shed your blood
There’s no great love than this
You have overcome the grave
Your glory fills the highest place
What can separate me now
 

Good Friday…why do we call today “good” Friday, when on this day we remember the pain and the agony Christ suffered for us when He died on a cross.

It’s a fabulous Friday simply because of that pain and agony Christ suffered for us when He died on a cross. After all, as I’ve said already this last week, if Jesus hasn’t been born, if He hadn’t been crucified and if He hadn’t risen from the dead, there would be no Easter, and we would not have been forgiven of all our sins.

His Hands by Kenneth Cope
 
His hands tools of creation
Stronger than nations
Power without end
And yet through them we find our truest friend
His hands sermons of kindness
Healing men’s blindness
Halting years of pain
Children waiting to be held again
 
His hands would serve his whole life though
Showing man what hands might do
Giving, ever giving, endlessly
Each day was filled with selflessness
And I’ll not rest until I make up my hands what they could be
’til these hands become like those from Galilee
 
His hands lifting a leper
Warming a beggar
Calling back the dead
Breaking bread, five thousand fed
His hands
Hushing contention
Pointing to heaven
Ever free of sin
Then bidding man to follow him
 
His hands would serve his whole life though
Showing man what hands might do
Giving, ever giving, endlessly
Each day was filled with selflessness
And I’ll not rest until I make up my hands what they could be
’til these hands become like those from Galilee
 
His hands clasped in agony
As he lay pleading,
Bleeding in the garden
While just moments away
Other hands betray him
Out of greed, shameful greed
And then his hands are trembling
Straining to carry the beam that they’ve been led to
As he stumbles through the streets
Heading towards the hill on which he died
He would die
They take his hands,
His mighty hands,
Those gentle hands
And then they pierce them, they pierce them
He lets them, because of love
From birth to death was selflessness
And clearly now I see Him
With his hands calling to me
And though I’m not yet as i would be
He has shown me how i could be
I will make my hands like those from Galilee

Powerful, powerful words in this song. The words of which reminds us that Christ lives a selfless life and His hope for each one of us, is that His life, and His death, will not have been in vain.

Let’s give our lives for Christ today, by kneeling at the foot of His cross, and giving our hearts and our whole life to God.

John 11:25 (NLT)

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[a] Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

Maybe I’ve read it somewhere, or someone has told me, but I seem to think I’ve heard that the resurrection of Jesus has been investigated and examined more times that many other events in history.

To me that tells me that people are either more desperate to prove Christ’s resurrection actually happened, or conversely, there are more skeptics who are willing to try to prove it all a huge hoax.

Either way, it gives the events of that first Easter more air-time and surely as Christians we should be happy for the opportunity to discuss and convince others who do not believe in Christ, that He did die at Calvary just so we could be forgiven.

Hank Hanegraaff said:

You see, without resurrection there is no hope. Indeed, without resurrection, there is no Christianity.

How true is that!

If Jesus hadn’t been born; if Jesus hadn’t been crucified; if Jesus hadn’t risen from the grave…just think what sort of state this world would be in!

Next weekend is Easter when I’m sure many of you will be enjoying the odd Easter egg. But have you noticed how as soon as Christmas is over these days the shops seem to start trying to get us to buy Easter eggs?

Do they think we’re going to buy Easter eggs in January, eat them then, then buy more nearer Easter? I’m sure some people do, but I hope that’s not what most of us do.

Looking at the other part of Easter, the real reason we celebrate it, do we start celebrating Easter earlier every year?

I hope that like me, you celebrate the real reason for Easter, Christ’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, all year round. After all Christ isn’t just a Christmas and Easter saviour, he’s a saviour for us all, every day of the year!