Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Amazing, Holy Mystery

Amazing, Holy Mystery
by Frank Allaben

Amazing, holy mystery,
Colossians 2:2-3  that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Unfathomed Sacrifice,
Ephesians 5:2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Where Incarnate Love on Calv'ry's tree,
Ephesians 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Accursed for sinners, dies!
Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us - for it is written, "cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"-
From His soul pour'd out unto death, that cry
Jesus says in Matthew 26:27-28 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
Utters sorrow and love unknown,
Of the Messiah in Isaiah 53:3-4 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
Mark 14:34  And He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch."
O Suff'rer, so wounded, so lone!
Of the disciples forsaking Christ, in Mark 14:50 And they all left Him and fled.

How couldst Thou, - bruised, like crushed worm
Of the Messiah in Isaiah 53:5 (KJV) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Of the Messiah in Psalm 22:6 But I am a worm and not a man, A reproach of men and despised by the people.
Trod down in the dust of death, -
Of the Messiah in Psalm 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And You lay me in the dust of death.
O'er that scene of wrathful gloom and storm
Luke 23:44-45  It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two.
Pour love's sweet undying breath?
Jesus says in John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."
'Twas our doom that wrung from Thy soul the plea,
1 Peter 2:24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
Out of depths of the direful cross,
Of Jesus in Philippians 2:8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
"My God, O why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying , Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Forsaken, blest Saviour, for us!
Of Jesus in 2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

For us Thy scars Thou wearest still, -
*Jesus said in John 20:27 Then He said to Thomas, "Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing."
Sweet marks of our Advocate!
1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
Soon Thy Form of love our souls shall thrill,
Of Christ in Colossians 2:9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,
 1 John 4:8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Low bowed at Thy nail-pierced feet!
Of John seeing Jesus, Revelation 1:17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,"
How Thy wounds shall speak! how Thy soul's deep cry
Shall in echo forever fall,
"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?"
Matthew 27:46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"
Lord Jesus! our Glory, our All!
Of believers in 2 Thessalonians 2:14 It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

*The Bible never uses the term scars of Jesus hands and feet, but wounds (Zechariah 13:6; 1 Peter 2:24)

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