I BELIEVE in the history-making, world-changing drama of Holy Week.

Palm Sunday – with its short-lived “hosannas” – through to Resurrection Day – with its sensational miracle – are emblazoned forever in my heart and mind, as the climax of the Jesus story. At the core is the grotesque spectacle of the Cross, instrument of torture and death – emblem of suffering and shame – following the gross miscarriage of human justice, which eventuated in the death of an innocent man by crucifixion.

Yet I BELIEVE unashamedly, and without apology, in the Cross, as God’s master-plan to remedy our human rebellion. By means of the Cross, Jesus, the Holy One, became a sin offering, atoning for our sin and our sins, and making peace with an offended God.  Pastor and theologian, John Stott describes Jesus’ death as “the self-substitution of God” – citing that God was IN Christ (Who is God, the Son) reconciling the world to Himself.

I thought of this ‘acrostic’ the other day (hence my ‘title’ for this musing) and decided to add it to a powerful  image, graphically representing my personal faith in the message of the Cross:

Now, here’s a hymn which also encapsulates that message – considered by some as foolishness, but by all who are saved, revealing both the wisdom and power of God:

Man of sorrows what a name

For the Son of God who came

Ruined sinners to reclaim

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Bearing shame and scoffing rude

In my place condemned He stood

Sealed my pardon with His blood

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Guilty, vile and helpless we

Spotless Lamb of God was He

“Full atonement” can it be

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Lifted up was He to die

“It is finished” was His cry

Now in heaven exalted high

Little wonder that at the end of each verse we sing exultantly:  “HALLELUJAH, WHAT A SAVIOUR !”

See link below for a rendition of the hymn:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVpR5ltUodg

Oh, yes – also I BELIEVE that the crucified Christ defeated death, miraculously rose again on the third day, and lives forever – as Lord and Saviour of all who place their trust in Him.

So far as I’m concerned, that’s good news, and worth getting excited about.

Have a blessed Easter-time !

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