BEHOLD THE GRACE OF GOD Tune to "THIS IS MY FATHERâ€™S WORLD" SM/DOUBLE Words by JIM BYRD
1. How could a holy God, Whose glory we extol; In justice ever save the lost, Forgive and make us whole? For sins against His law, Cannot unpunished go; But God in wisdom and in love, Purposed His grace to show.
2. What mercy that our God, Would send His own dear Son, To save His people from their sins, Poor rebels, lost, undone. Behold the Son of Man, Condemned and led away; He died to save His chosen bride, The sheep that went astray.
3. Redemptionâ€™s work is done, The Lamb of God has died; And with His sin-atoning death, Our God is satisfied. The Savior bore our sin, And suffered in our stead; He gave His life, the ransom price, And rose up from the dead.
4. Christ Jesus ever lives, He conquered death and hell; Ascended high, He ever reigns, Who can His glories tell? He is our Righteousness, Our Advocate and Friend; Our Mediator, Lord and King, Whose praise shall never end. *****
Daily Readings - September 14-20 Sunday - Daniel 4-6 Monday - Daniel 7-9 Tuesday - Daniel 10-12 Wednesday- Hosea 1-6 Thursday - Hosea 7-14 Friday - Joel 1-3 Saturday - Amos 1-5 *****
"Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to Thy mercy remember Thou me for Thy goodnessâ€™ sake, O LORD." (Psalm 25:7)
***** A FINISHED WORK "I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do" (John 17:4). These words were spoken by our Savior at the beginning of His High Priestly prayer. He speaks in anticipation of accomplishing the task assigned to Him in the covenant of grace, which He delightfully agreed to do. The work for which He was chosen was to join Himself to human flesh and be "made under the law to redeem them that were under the law." As the God-Man, He would have to give His life a ransom for those entrusted to Him by the Father in electing grace. His work was to satisfy divine justice by enduring the penalty of the law in the stead of His people who would break the law and become deserving of death. His work was to establish righteousness, purge away the guilt of sin, save, redeem and satisfy divine justice for all those chosen by the Father in distinguishing mercy before the world began. The fact that the Savior arose, ascended and was exalted to the highest heaven shows that He did indeed finish the work the Father gave Him to do. The Holy Spirit said "this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God" (Hebrews 10:12). Among the seven pieces of furniture in the Old Testament tabernacle, something was noticeably missing - a chair. There was no place for the priests to sit because the sacrifices they offered could never put away sin, consequently, their job was never completed. But the God-Man, by finishing reconciliation, putting away sin and bringing in everlasting righteousness by His death, arose, went back to glory and took His rightful place upon the throne of universal sovereignty. He would never have sat down had His work not been finished. "The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool" (Psalm 110:1). The Father was well pleased with His Sonâ€™s work of redemption and accepted His sacrifice as full payment for the iniquities of His people. Upon the basis of purging our sins by His substitutionary death, Christ ascended and "sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:3). His triumphant cry from the cross was, "It is finished" (John 19:30). To all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, hear these glad tidings: your redemption is accomplished, the Saviorâ€™s perfect righteousness has been imputed to you and the pardon of your sins is full, irrevocable and everlasting. â€“Pastor Jim Byrd *****
THE SAVIORâ€™S ASSIGNED WORK "I have finished the work Thou gavest Me to do" (John 17:4). By "the work" is meant obedience to the will of God; the destruction of all spiritual enemies, as sin, Satan, the world, and death; and the redemption and salvation of His people, which was "given" Him to do. He did not take it upon Himself, but being called to it, He readily accepted of it. It was appointed and cut out for Him in the council and covenant of grace. He was thoroughly acquainted with it, and though it was difficult, it was pleasant and delightful to Him; nor did He leave it till He could say "it is finished" as it was by Himself alone, without the help of man and is so complete that nothing can be added to it and so firmly done, that it cannot be unraveled by men and devils. He speaks of it as done, because the time was come to finish it, and He was sure of the accomplishment of it. â€“John Gill
RENDER PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING Tune to "LOVE DIVINE" 18.104.22.168. double Words by JIM BYRD 1. God of grace and matchless glory, Grant that we would worship Thee; Thou hast gathered us together, Now reveal Thy majesty. Send to us Thy sovereign...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
CHRIST GAVE HIS LIFE FOR ME TUNE TO COMPLETE IN THEE LM/CHORUS WORDS BY JIM BYRD 1. I once was lost and dead in sin, With only wretchedness within; But then the Spirit to me came, Brought me to love the Saviorâ€™s Name. CHORUS: â€˜Twas by His blood...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
BLESS THE SAVIORâ€™S NAME Tune "PRAISE THE SAVIOR" 22.214.171.124. Words by JIM BYRD 1. Magnify the Mediator, Jesus Christ our mighty Savior, He restored us to Godâ€™s favor; Bless the Saviorâ€™s Name. 2. Jesus saves from sin forever, He abideth faithful...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Hebrews 9:27-28) *****...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
CHRIST MAGNIFIED THE LAW Tune to "HOW SWEET THE NAME" CM Words by JIM BYRD 1. The Son of God, in covâ€™nant love, The law to satisfy; Descended from His throne above, To suffer, bleed and die. 2. â€˜Twas by His death Godâ€™s justice was Completely...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
WAITING ON THE LORD Tune to MAJESTIC SWEETNESS CM Words by JIM BYRD 1. O sovereign Lord to Thee we come, Before Thy throne we fall; Reveal to us Thy precious Son, As on Thy Name we call, As on Thy Name we call. 2. Though wicked, full of sin...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
REJOICE IN THE LORD Tune to "O WORSHIP THE KING" 10.10.11.11. Words by JIM BYRD 1. Rejoice in the Lord, be glad every heart, Our God rules on high His grace to impart; Jehovah is Lord, O how sacred His Name, Bow down at His footstool His glories...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
PRAISE OUR EVERLASTING LORD Tune to "â€˜TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS" 126.96.36.199. WITH REFRAIN Words by JIM BYRD 1. God in wisdom chose to save us, Praise Him for His sovereign grace; Gave us to the blessed Savior, Son of God, our Hiding-Place....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
On the night before He gave His life a ransom for many, our Savior instituted the Lordâ€™s Supper. This is one of two ordinances which He gave to His church, the other being baptism. Today, immediately after the morning message, we will partake of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
COVENANT GRACE Tune to "I SING THE MIGHTY POWER OF GOD" CM/DOUBLE Words by JIM BYRD 1. Before the mountains were brought forth, Or earth and heavâ€™n were made; From everlasting Thou art God, In majesty arrayed. â€˜Twas in eternity that God Chose...[ abbreviated | read entire ]