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Journey to the Cross

In the beginning, God planted the tree
For the wood cross to set mankind free
He created the iron ore used in the nails
His divine plan never ceases to prevail

God instituted the Passover in the Exodus
Foreshadowing the Lamb of God, Jesus
The former required an animal sacrifice
Jesus died once for sin, paying the price

OT prophecies predicted the coming King
Along with the redemption He would bring
He came as promised Messiah at Bethlehem
Seen as a man, many did not believe in Him

These same people accused Jesus of blasphemy
By claiming to be God, which they chose to deny
The mob cried crucify Him, all part of God's plan
Fully innocent, He willing suffered for every man

Repeatedly whipped, flesh torn beyond recognition
Spit upon, cruel mocking, without any justification
Crown of thorns firmly imbedded upon His head
The long road and journey to the cross still ahead

Extremely weak already from the great blood loss
The soldiers demanded that He carry His own cross
Pushing and shoving, even as He kept falling down
Finally, another man was appointed from the crowd

Nailed to the cross, He cried out in deep agony
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
He did nothing wrong, but He took my place
All because of His great love, mercy, and grace

Max Lucado once made the following statement
Which I will paraphrase for prose and content
His left arm on the cross covers all sin of my past
While His right arm extends to my future sin at last

Jesus set the example of love and compassion
Sins forgiven to all who believe, His mission
But warned of coming judgment and its penalty
For those who rejected His message for eternity

For all who believe in Him, Easter is a celebration
The tomb is empty, rejoice in His hope of salvation
If you have never given your heart to Jesus as Savior
I pray you will today and find new life in Him forever

1 Corinthians 15:3-8 (NIV)
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:
that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that
he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to
the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the
Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of
the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living,
though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James,
then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me
also, as to one abnormally born.

Carol Salter for holy week 2010

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