Posts Tagged ‘saviour’

Easter weekend and the associated celebrations are over, so does that mean Easter is over, we can stop celebrating Christ until Christmas comes round again?

We definitely should not stop celebrating Christ just because Easter is over. After all Christ paid for our sins by giving his life, so how can we ever repay him? We will never manage to repay him for giving himself for us, but we can everything Easter is really about is just as true today and everyday, as it was during the celebrations.

 

Seeking solace in his downturned eyes,
such agonising pain betraying,
Hiding heartache through their stifled cries,
with wordless weeping, silent praying,
Beneath the bloodied,
wretched wraith,
faithful friends,
constrained or driven,
keep their vigil,
hold hard to faith,
and hear his whispered word:
Forgiven
by Stephen Pearson

Christ thought of us as he gave his life for us, so let’s make sure we think of him each and every day of the year. Let’s think of others who don’t know Him, and bring them to Him.

Is there a particular seat or chair in your house that is your go-to seat, your comfy seat?

How about shoes, do you have a favourite pair of comfy shoes that you always wear when you know you’ve got to do a bit of walking?

Comfortable is something we all like to be isn’t it – Whether that is a particular chair, or pair of shoes, having enough money to live by, or even in our friendships. But what about your relationship with God, is “comfortable” a word you’d use to describe that?

I was reminded recently of a quote I found a few years ago by Francis Chan:

But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.

Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we will live comfortable lives, and this is confirmed Matthew 5:3-5 (NIV), as we read:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Our life may not always be comfortable, even though we’d love it to be, but be assured that God will always comfort and strengthen you.

 

Lo, he comes, with clouds descending,
once for our salvation slain;
thousand thousand saints attending
swell the triumph of his train:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ the Lord returns to reign.

So Christmas has arrived!

Today we celebrate the triumphant arrival of Christ to earth all those years ago.

The Kingdom Triumphant by Eric Ball celebrates Christ triumphant arrival. The music has three main sections entitled: ‘Vision of Judgment’, ‘Remembrance of the First Advent’ and ‘Vision of the Second Advent’.

So as you celebrate Christmas Day with your family and friends, today, please remember the first advent and that birth of our Lord and Saviour, and look forward to the second advent!

Merry Christmas!

The world needs…

Posted: November 11, 2016 in cross, life, music, quotes, religion
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The world’s in a bit of a mess these days to put it mildly, isn’t it. So what do you think our world really needs?

There’s one person who can save this world, Christ…

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In order to save this world, Christ needs our help. Are you up for the challenge?

Amazing grace

Posted: August 17, 2016 in blogging, grace, life, love, mercy, music, religion
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One of my favourite songs, which, just like yesterday’s blog post, is also about grace – Here’s Chris Tomlin with Amazing Grace:

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Will be forever mine.
You are forever mine.

So what is “grace”?

The popular definition for grace is “unmerited favour”. However, this definition is insufficient to describe the just how much value and worth the word actually conveys, but it makes grace indistinguishable from mercy.

If we consider how we use the word grave is normal everyday language, we can get a better idea of what grace means.

  • We call a person a “gracious host” if they provide us with everything we could need, making us satisfied.
  • We call a dance “graceful” if the dancers move around in a lovely and beautiful way.

These definitions reflect the definition of God’s grace, because he is provides everything we could ever need, even if we do not deserve it.

God’s grace is amazing!

Sadly these days, we often hear about people gaining others trust through deception, pretending to be someone or something they are not. Fortunately Jesus isn’t one of those people because He really is the Son of God, our Lord and Saviour.

The Lord goes before you and will be with you every step of the way; He will never leave you. Don’t be afraid, don’t be discouraged, don’t be anxious. Simply trust that he is who He says he is and will do what He promises.

Beware of those who try to deceive you because ultimately they will let you down or hurt you. There is hope though, as if we put our trust in God, He will always be there for us.

dont be deceived

 

 

 

He is King

Posted: December 29, 2015 in Christmas, music, religion
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He came to set us free.

His name is Jesus.

He is the Saviour of the world.

He is our King.

He is my Saviour and my King.

 

Why Christmas?

Posted: December 24, 2015 in Christmas, family, love, music, religion, words
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It’s now Christmas Eve, but have you stopped to think about, and consider why we celebrate Christmas?

The reason we celebrate is that God sent His Son to earth to live as one of us. His name was Jesus, and He is my Saviour, and can be your Saviour too.

The peace of a sleeping baby
The joy in a new mother’s eyes
And the hope a million tomorrows
Be found in your heart tonight
May the angels who sang glory
Be always at your side
And may you find in Christ the Saviour
The reason why

Glory Glory
Angels singing joy and peace
Glory glory
Christ has come
To set the shepherds free

May the star shine bright this evening
To show you where he’s laid
And if the road is long, and you’re tempted
To give the search away
Know the king has also travelled
From a palace fair, on high
May you find in Christ the Saviour
The reason why

Glory Glory
Angels singing joy and peace
Glory glory
Christ has come
To set the wise man free

Glory Glory
Angels singing joy and peace
Glory glory
Christ has come
To set all people free

It’s time to remember that Jesus is our Saviour and is worthy of our praise!

We can sometimes get so caught up in the busyness of Christmas, the cards, presents, shopping, socialising, carolling etc that we can actually forget to stop and remember we should be celebrating the birth of our Saviour, Jesus.

Holy to the King of Glory
Holy to the Righteous One
Holy for You alone are worthy
Jesus, Saviour of the world

Have you taken time to remember Our Saviour this Christmas?

Saviour of the World by Hillsong Live

In the stillness of the night I gaze upon Your face
I am amazed at the One who I behold
For in Your eyes I see the Glory of the King
Your cloak of majesty to simple swaddling cloth
And I hear angel sing

They cried Holy, to the King of Glory
Holy to the Righteous One
Holy for You alone are worthy
Jesus, Saviour of the world

Your innocence and helplessness astound me
I’m overwhelmed at this precious gift I hold
for I know that I still hold You here in my arms
I know that one day You will hold the world in Yours
And I hear angel sing

They cried Holy, to the King of Glory
Holy to the Righteous One
Holy for You alone are worthy
Jesus, Saviour of the world

I cried Holy, to the King of Glory
Holy to the Righteous One
Holy for You alone are worthy
Jesus, Saviour of the world

(I hear angel sing)
I cried Holy, to the King of Glory
Holy to the Righteous One
Holy for You alone are worthy
Jesus, Saviour of the world

To you and I Jesus is God’s son, our Saviour, but to Mary he was more than that, he was her gift from God. I wonder how Mary felt knowing all the world would look to Jesus, knowing He was the Son of God?

I guess Mary felt many of the same feeling any mother would feel when their child achieves their goals or is successful in tasks they undertake: pride, delight, happiness, honour.

For me the song I shared today, Perfect Love (Mary’s Song) by Hillsong, encapsulates how Mary probably felt as she looked at the baby Jesus and thought about all that lay ahead for Him here on earth, as a mother’s love for their child is always something special – Perfect love!

My beautiful boy
Holiness I see
Perfect so pure
Your eyes they trust in me

All creation bows to You
The skies sing Your arriving
My precious Jesus

And You will walk this land
My precious gift from God
Showing all mankind
The only way to life

All creation sings Your praise
The angels will proclaim
My precious Jesus

All of heaven’s gaze is on You
The glory of God shines for all to see
The Son of God, the Son of man

You are perfection promised
Giver of life for all eternity
My little one, perfect love