"For as by one manâ€™s disobedience many were made sinners,so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous." (Romans 5:19) ______________________________________________________________________ CHRIST'S BLOOD AND RIGHTEOUSNESS Tune to "AM I A SOLDIER OF THE CROSS?" CM Words by JIM BYRD
1. Let no one entertain the thought, That works can save the soul; No work but that of Christ alone, Can make the guilty whole.
2. A holy God demands that we Be free from sinfulness; Without defilement, guilt or shame, In perfect righteousness.
3. With efforts of the flesh to save, Now let us all be done; God grant us faith to only trust The merits of His Son.
4. Behold His sacrificial death, And there salvation see; By His own blood and righteousness, God saves eternally.
5. Believe upon the Son of God, In Him acceptance find; Forsake attempts to save yourself, And leave them all behind. ______________________________________________________________________ WORSHIP SERVICE SCRIPTURE TODAY: ACTS 10:34-48 ______________________________________________________________________ Daily Readings - June 5-11, 2011 Sunday - Nehemiah 1-3 Monday - Nehemiah 4-6 Tuesday - Nehemiah 7-8 Wednesday- Nehemiah 9-10 Thursday - Nehemiah 11-12 Friday - Nehemiah 13 Saturday - Esther 1-3 ______________________________________________________________________ AN OLD TRUTH THAT NEVER GETS OLD "And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:8) Behold the perfect life-obedience of Jesus Christ to the law of God. He who made the law, "was made under the law to redeem them that were under the law" (Galatians 4:4-5). The God-Man willingly and joyfully humbled Himself and, as the perfect Servant, complied with every command of God. But His life of perfection, though necessary, was insufficient to satisfy the justice of God which demanded death for our transgressions. The culminating point of His obedience, therefore, was for the good Shepherd to lay down His life in the stead of the guilty, by which He satisfied divine justice, put away the sins of His people and brought in everlasting righteousness. We sing of His death; we read Scriptures concerning His substitutionary sacrifice; we preach of redemption by His blood; and yet, the more we dwell upon this glorious person and His wondrous work of reconciliation for His people, the more in awe we are of Who He is and what He endured. It is written that the Son of God "was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed...It pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief...Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin" (Isaiah 53:5, 10). In this truth of "Jesus Christ and Him crucified," we see Godâ€™s glory, Satanâ€™s demise, the preacherâ€™s message and the believerâ€™s hope. The Savior and His cross-death and resurrection, remain the subject we never get weary of revisiting. Doesnâ€™t this still remain a great and marvelous mystery to you? God Almighty took the sins of His chosen people, laid them upon His darling Son, made Him the object of His wrath and vengeance -- that blessed One who had never sinned -- and He was legally answerable and accountable to God for our sinfulness. Divine justice sought and found full satisfaction in pouring out the fury of its vengeance upon Christ when all the sins of His sheep were made to meet upon Him (Isaiah 53:6). And consider for whom the Lamb of God suffered these things â€“ His people â€“ men and women who are by nature vile, deceitful rebels against God. It was for unworthy sinners that Christ agonized upon the cross, being forsaken by the Father. It was for us that He "poured out His soul unto death" (Isaiah 53:12), so that God could be both "a Just God and a Savior" (Isaiah 45:21). Does this not continually astound you, fill your heart with joy and motivate you to live for the glory of Him Who not only canceled your debt of sin but also imputed to you His impeccable righteousness? We were saved from sin and all of its effects, we were redeemed from the curse of the law and made the very righteousness of God through the person and work of Christ. This is an old truth that never gets old to sinners saved by grace. -- Jim Byrd ______________________________________________________________________ A PRAYER FOR MERCY Almighty and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire or deserve; pour down upon us the abundance of Thy mercy; forgiving us those things whereof our consciences are afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, much less to receive, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord, in Whom we desire to be found, and in His name do we now approach the throne of Thy grace, and make mention of His righteousness only as the ground of our justification in the sight of our heavenly Father: to Whom, with the blessed Spirit, be ascribed all honor and dominion, world without end. Amen. â€“Augustus Toplady