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Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 04:15:01 -0700 (PDT)
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Straight to the Cross

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COLUMN: COMMUNION MEDITATION

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
 by Jeff A. Jenkins

The church is to be a cross-centered community of God's
people. Paul told the Corinthian church that his
preaching was centered on the cross "For I determined
to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him
crucified." (1 Corinthians 2:2)

It is the crucifixion that purchased our salvation.
Peter reminded the early Christians of how our
salvation was obtained. "Knowing that you were not
redeemed with perishable things like silver or
gold...but with precious blood as of a lamb unblemished
and spotless, the blood of Christ." (1 Peter 1:18-19)

Our lives should be shaped by the cross. "But may it
never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our
Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been
crucified to me and I to the world." (Galatians 6:14)

Each week when we gather as God's family we are
reminded of the significance and importance of the
cross. Two simple emblems, the bread and the fruit of
the vine are constant reminders of what the cross
represents in our lives.

May God help us to make sure we do not rush through
this memorial service. We need desperately to take the
proper amount of time to survey the wondrous cross of
Jesus. It will give us strength for the road ahead.

The cross also serves as a reminder that our Savior is
in Heaven interceding for us (1 Timothy 2:5). We are
blessed with the opportunity to consider that Jesus
will someday take us to heaven to live throughout
eternity (John 14:1-3).

"When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all."/1

_____________
1/ Lyrics by Isaac Watts, 1707. ; Music, 
Lowell Mason

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Straight to the Cross

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COLUMN: COMMUNION MEDITATION

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
 by Jeff A. Jenkins

The church is to be a cross-centered community of God's
people. Paul told the Corinthian church that his
preaching was centered on the cross "For I determined
to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him
crucified." (1 Corinthians 2:2)

It is the crucifixion that purchased our salvation.
Peter reminded the early Christians of how our
salvation was obtained. "Knowing that you were not
redeemed with perishable things like silver or
gold...but with precious blood as of a lamb unblemished
and spotless, the blood of Christ." (1 Peter 1:18-19)

Our lives should be shaped by the cross. "But may it
never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our
Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been
crucified to me and I to the world." (Galatians 6:14)

Each week when we gather as God's family we are
reminded of the significance and importance of the
cross. Two simple emblems, the bread and the fruit of
the vine are constant reminders of what the cross
represents in our lives.

May God help us to make sure we do not rush through
this memorial service. We need desperately to take the
proper amount of time to survey the wondrous cross of
Jesus. It will give us strength for the road ahead.

The cross also serves as a reminder that our Savior is
in Heaven interceding for us (1 Timothy 2:5). We are
blessed with the opportunity to consider that Jesus
will someday take us to heaven to live throughout
eternity (John 14:1-3).

"When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all."/1

_____________
1/ Lyrics by Isaac Watts, 1707. ; Music, 
Lowell Mason

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