Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hymspirational Moment #8


Beneath the sacred throne of God
I saw a river rise;
The streams where peace and pard’ning blood
Descended from the skies.

I stood amazed and wondered when
Or why this ocean rose;
That wafts salvation down to man,
His traitors and His foes.

That sacred flood from Jesus’ veins
Was free to make away;
And Mary’s or Manasseh’s stains,
Or sins more vile than they

Lest it ever be forgotten, all should rehearse the message of Romans 5:6-8, "For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (NASB)  The blood of Jesus Christ was not shed for the righteous neither is it appreciated truly by the self-righteous.  The healthy are not they for whom the Great Physician came, but for the sick.  

Not only the sick, the common sinner, but the very traitors and foes whose treachery placed the Son of God upon a cross both physically and metaphorically.  The very hands which drove the nails into the tender wrists of the Saviour were the object of the forgiving efficacy of the blood they drew.  The tormentors with their whips and flagrum were among those for whom the mercy of God desired to reach.  The crowds shouting, "Crucify Him!"  The irreverent mockers at the foot of the cross.  The thief hung to one side of the Lord of Glory reviling Him as they both died.  For each of these did the sacred river of pardoning blood flow freely from the Lamb of God.

The lawbreaker.  The liar.  The adulterer.  The murderer.  Each class of sinner small and great whose guilt was born by the Suffering Servant; who bore an individual degree of responsibility for the sacrifice of Heaven's Best.  Pagan priests bowed before their idols in adoration.  Witches, diviners and the practitioners of the darkest ancient crafts.  The homosexual, the rapist, the entirely sexually immoral of whatever manifestation such might be.  These are among the ones for whom the Lord Jesus Christ's blood fell upon the earth.

And why should it be that Christ would yield up His life for the benefit of those as vile as these?  The great mystery of the ages: "for God so loved the world." (John 3:16).  The love of God reaches for you now, not to justify you with your sins, but to save you from them.  None has gone too far, done acts too vile or stooped to a sufficient degree of unworthiness as to be out of the desire of the love demonstrated in the blood of Christ.  Why wait?  Be washed in the blood of the Lamb today.  

"The Sacred Throne"
By John Kent and Hugh Wilson, 1835
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