Amazing Grace, sung by Chris Tomlin
“For God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Amazing Grace! Amazing love! Gift of God for us! This message needs to ring out more and more in our lives. God’s amazing love, the grace and forgiveness Jesus obtained for us on the Cross, and His loving Spirit shining through our lives; This is our message of Hope!
“For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing, foolishness, but to us who are saved, it is the power of God.” I Cor.1:18
“May it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ..” Galatians 6:14
“He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” Colossians 3:13, 14
A godly man, Horatius Bonar, who lived and served the Lord in 1800’s, wrote about the centrality of the Cross, and his words ever echo true today:
“…it is only at the cross that the sinner can meet with God; it is the cross that knits heaven and earth together; it is the cross that bears up the collapsing universe; it is the pierced hand that holds the golden sceptre; it is at Calvary that we find the open gate of Paradise regained, and the Gospel is good news to the sinner, of liberty to enter in…..
“…[the Cross] does not accept earnestness as a substitute for truth, nor a justification or extenuation of error. It does not show man how to lay the foundation of the great settlement for eternity; it lays the foundation, and presents us with everything on God’s side, as finished. It begins by announcing what God has done, before it says one word of what man is to do; it shows us God as the doer and the giver, man as the receiver, setting aside unsparingly every religion and every doctrine which would make man, either in whole or in part, his own Saviour.”
Horatius Bonar, The Christian Treasury in The Life and Works of Horatius Bonar (CD-Rom, Lux Publications) pp. 1207-1210.