Thy grace can do it

read this wonderful meditation from charles spurgeon over at my friend lauren's.  it's a goodie.

church today was so good:  focused on the passion, cross, and sacrifice of Christ.  the scriptures and songs were somber and reflective, not like those "triumphal entry" palm sunday services that ring so hollow in my spirit.

i always think of that beautiful song, "star of the morning":
People shouted, "Here comes the King!"
As You marched down the road to Jerusalem
There were tears in Your eyes,
The same ones who cheered, yelled, "Crucify!"
the scene is ironic.  jesus is a king, for sure, but not the one the crowd is looking for.  he rides a donkey, not a chariot or stallion.  of course, their cheers ring false, when we know what comes next.

we cannot celebrate the joy and victory of easter before acknowledging the passion of Christ.

i cannot celebrate easter before humbling myself and repenting.  it was my sin that held jesus to the cross that day at golgotha.
Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and power.

Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh.

Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all.
I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.


TAMI said...

I enjoy Palm Sunday, but I understand what you mean by "ring so hollow." We've been moving through The Sign Of Jonah during Lent and have a separate Good Friday service.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the hymn you quoted. I can hear it like my cd is playing in the background. My favorite part --> "If you tarry till you're better, You will never come at all."

suzannah | the smitten word said...

i love that part best, too:)

pinkdaisyjane said...
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pinkdaisyjane said...

I understand that triumphant Good Friday services "ring so hollow" for you. You need to meditate on the suffering before you can celebrate the triumph of Easter. He is risen, indeed! But first we need to reflect on the need for that sacrifice and what that sacrifice means.

Thank you for sharing your hearts reflections!

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