>You will be blessed if you invest six minutes to watch this…it’s a sort of promo for a new album from Sojourn Music…”modernizing,” if you will, hymns of Isaaac Watts…not only are the music samples good, but the commentary is outstanding:
Sojourn Music: “The Water And The Blood” album preview from Sojourn Community Church on Vimeo.
>“If Jesus Christ is not the central figure in our lives and in our churches, we are only fooling ourselves.” AW Tozer
>I’ve read her stuff, but never heard her…she is a missionary, was in the Congo during rebellion; suffered torture/rape…this interview is forty minutes…but I urge you to make the time (and a cup of coffee or tea…or mountain dew?) and watch…you will be blessed, challenged, and convicted.
>All roads lead to heaven: Acts 4.12 “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Even if the roads don’t all lead to heaven, you get a second chance to take a detour after you die: Hebrews 9.27 “…just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.”
Besides, there is no everlasting hell: Matthew 25.46 “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
>Good stuff to contemplate this Easter morning from JARED WILSON
No, not the stations. The -ations.
Mediation — There is a gulf between us and God, held in tension by his justified wrath owed to us for our sin. At the cross, the sinless Christ does the work of mediation both necessary and ordinarily impossible.
Condemnation — The mediator must accept the place of the guilty in order to exchange his innocence. Therefore he goes to the cross willingly, because it is the foreordained place of condemnation where we all belong. He becomes the substitute condemned and takes on the condemnation.
Propitiation — A blood debt is owed, legally speaking, because without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sins. But we cannot make this payment because we have no currency with which to do so. We are morally bankrupt, every last one of us. So at the cross, Christ makes this payment with the riches of himself, supplying his life to take the debt upon himself and thereby satisfying the law’s demands. God’s wrath is thereby appeased.
Imputation — By propitiating the debt of sin, he takes it off of the condemned onto himself as he becomes the condemned on the cross, but in doing that, he conveys his innocence to those actually guilty. He who knew no sin became sin that we might become the righteousness of God. His righteousness is imputed to us; this means that we are counted righteous despite our sin.
Expiation — But Jesus doesn’t stop there. With his life given sacrificially on the cross, he doesn’t just take on our debt, he eradicates it completely. He takes it upon himself like the scapegoat to carry our sins into the void. Another way to say this is that Jesus’ work on the cross doesn’t just reckon us righteous, it actually makes us righteous.
Sanctification — An ongoing work of the Spirit, to be sure, but thanks to Christ’s expiating work on the cross, we are also declared sanctified on the cross, which is to say, cleansed by his blood. (1 Corinthians 6:11)
Justification — Nearly all of Christ’s crosswork put together merits what we receive through faith: right standing before God. Because of the cross, we for whom there was no justification are now justified.
Reconciliation — And since we are justified before God, we are reconciled to him. The gulf is bridged, the wrath appeased, the debt canceled and cast into the void, the soul cleansed. Christ’s wide-open arms at the cross reveal to us the means of the Father embracing his once-lost children. Through the cross, Christ reconciles us to God. (Colossians 1:20)
Nations — Who is Christ’s crosswork for, exactly? (1 John 2:2)
>As we hold-our-breath between Good Friday and Easter, ponder this, from Mark Driscoll:
>A good way to close out “good Friday”…