For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. Luke 17:24
But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. Malachi 4:2

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . Galatians 6:14
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
Let the motto upon your whole ministry be - "Christ is All!" - Mather

Saturday, December 13, 2014

"That's My King!" Who Couldn't Carry His Cross To The Place Of The Skull Where All Seemed Loss The Wrath Of God He Would Exhaust To Purchase Us At Greatest Cost!

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
He was whipped with a scourging cord
Spit from wicked mouths was on Him poured
Soldiers mocked Him who were bored
He was hated and abhorred
"Crucify!" the crowd had roared
And this – this should leave us totally floored
Like our hearts are cut with a sword
Our anger burns with one accord
For Him Who should be full adored
As heaven and earth's greatest reward
But you were there when they crucified my Lord
It was our sin that left Him gored
It was our sin that killed our Lord
Yet for us all He was abhorred
His love – so great – is our award
So trust Him now and be restored!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

When we come and assemble
It should cause us to tremble
Our Christ they'd disassemble
So badly not even a man did He resemble!

Jesus they would fully demean
The site of Him became obscene
On a slave He'd have to lean
To bear His cross Simon Cyrene
To help the Lord he'd intervene
The first to bear his cross we've seen
To follow Christ – this is routine
It's death to self – no in between
All or nothing is the scene
So die to self and on Him lean!

That's my King!

They took our Lord outside the gate
The place of the skull to meet His fate
And on the way He'd face the hate
Of those He made and did create
Toward the prize His face was straight
The joy before Him would elate
He'd die and bear sin's wicked freight
Then rise alive as heaven's Great
Now trust the Lord and on Him wait
He'll save your soul and change your state
He'll take away your sin and hate
He'll bear your load and take your weight
So you can enter heaven's gate!

Our glorious Lord suffered crucifixion
An unspeakable physical affliction
But the physical was almost like a fiction
Compared to the spiritual eviction
He endured from His Father's infliction
Of everlasting wrath conviction
So that you would never face eviction
From His eternal jurisdiction
He'll save from all your dereliction
Free you from every addiction
And sing over you a love song benediction!

That's my King!

Of all His clothes our Lord was stripped
Like an animal He was whipped
From His back the flesh was ripped
The sour wine He couldn't have sipped
In chains of wrath His soul was gripped
But He arose and death He flipped
For from its hold He finally slipped
So we forever won't be stripped
In righteous robes we'll be equipped
And by His love forever gripped!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

"That's My King!" Who Was Severely Mocked And On His Head They Spit And Knocked By Death Our Lowly King Was Rocked But In Three Days They'll All Be Shocked He Rose And Heaven's Gates Unlocked!

To mock they clothed Him like a king
Vile insults at our King they fling
The words are piercing deep with sting
They treat Him like the unclean thing
But only good from Him will spring
To the Just One He would cling
And take the worst that they could sling
Then die so to Him we could sing
All praise and glory to our King
Who rose to end death's bitter sting
All thanks and honor to Him bring!

That's my King!

They clothed Him in a purple cloak
To make His royalty a joke
With spit His face and beard they'd soak
They tried to provoke
All His dignity revoke
And leave His spirit broke
And all His hope choke
By the wicked words they spoke
But in all this He was not broke
But stood like a mighty, unshakable oak
He took their joke
And bore the yoke
To die and rise to give us hope!

That's My King!  Do you know Him?

They put on Him a thorny crown
And laughed and jeered like He's a clown
Though He's the greatest Man around
They'd mock and curse and put Him down
He'd even face His Father's frown
And in His wrath He'd finally drown
Then rise so we could have a crown!

That's my King!

They drenched His head with phlegm and spit
And all vile words that tongues emit
Even on His head they hit
And though they all should Him acquit
For nothing bad did He commit
To all His Father's will submit
Not one Word or jot omit
To do what's right He never quit
And died the temple curtain split
So He with God would with us knit
And in His presence we would sit
Where joy and pleasures keep us lit
All because He took our hit
Oh He's the best we must admit!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

"That's My King!" Who's Our Perfect Substitute He Was Killed Like A Murderous Brute Though He's Innocent Without Dispute Yet Silent And Mute Our Sin God Did To Him Impute So We'll Have And Bear His Righteous Fruit!

Barabbas is guilty
He's in prison
He's a rebel
He's a murderer
He revolted against the government
But Jesus took Barabbas' place!

Barabbas is guilty
He deserves to die
He's sinned against others
He's sinned against God
He deserves hell forever
Yet Jesus took Barabbas' place!

Barabbas is guilty
But Jesus died and rose to save the guilty
Barabbas is in prison
But Jesus came to set the prisoners free
Barabbas is a rebel
But Jesus came to spread out His hands all the day long to a rebellious people
Barabbas is a murderer
But Jesus came to be murdered in order to save murderers who repent and believe in Him
Barabbas revolted against the government
But Jesus came to establish an everlasting and perfect government where He would be King forever
Because Jesus took Barabbas' place!

Barabbas is guilty
I am Barabbas
You are Barabbas
We are Barabbas
We deserve everlasting prison in hell
We have rebelled against our Creator Who has been nothing but good to us
We have murdered and murdered in our hearts
We have revolted against authority in numerous ways
We are Barabbas
But Jesus took Barabbas' place!
Jesus took our place!

Barabbas is guilty
But by grace through faith in Jesus, the guilty can go free
Jesus was made guilt, though He knew no guilt
Jesus was a prisoner, though He did nothing deserving of prison
Jesus was counted as the rebel of all rebels, though He knew not an ounce of rebellion in His life
Jesus was counted murder, though He knew no murder
Jesus was treated as a threat to the government, though He upholds all things, including government, by the Word of His power
Jesus was found guilty and Barabbas was set free
Because Jesus took Barabbas' place!

Barabbas is guilty
But Barabbas was set free
And by faith in Christ, you get even better than Barabbas
You're forgiven of all your sins
You're given the very righteousness of Christ
You're set free from sin
You're set free from hell
You're set free from the bondage of the devil
You're given eternal life in the presence of God where there's fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore
You're given Christ as your all in all
Because Jesus took Barabbas' place!
Because Jesus took your place!
Because Jesus died and rose and conquered all!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

My King Can't Be Bound!

Meditation on this: "And they bound Jesus . . . ." Mark 15:1

They bound my Jesus?

He can't be bound
Nobody like Him can be found
Pilate He would confound and finally astound
But He let Himself be bound
And His enemies surround
On that cross He'd be downed
With the greatest sufferings around
Yet He didn't stay in the ground
But rose up to be crowned
So His grace would abound
To the lost and found
His name is the most beautiful sound
May His praises forever resound!

That's my King!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

I didn't deserve to be born.

I didn't deserve to be born in a country where the Gospel is freely preached.

I didn't deserve to be brought up under the influence of the Gospel.

I don't deserve the family I have.

I don't deserve the friends I have.

I don't deserve the education I have.

I don't deserve the job I have.

I don't deserve the life experiences I've enjoyed.

I don't deserve the health I've been given.

I don't deserve the food, clothes, and shelter I've enjoyed these many years of life.

I don't deserve the material resources I've been given.

I don't deserve the gift of marriage.

I don't deserve the gift of children.

I don't deserve the gift of singleness.

I don't deserve joy, peace, and happiness.

I don't deserve any of the pleasures this life or the next has to offer.

I don't deserve for things to go my way.

I don't deserve health, wealth, and prosperity.

Because of my sin, all I do deserve is death, judgment, curse, loneliness, ridicule, slander, joblessness, homelessness, nakedness, starvation, pain, suffering, depression, despair, brokenness, and everlasting torment away from the presence of the LORD in His love and mercy and in the presence of the LORD in His everlasting wrath and fury for all eternity.

But in Christ, I get what I don't deserve!

I'm born again!

I'm reminded of the Gospel daily!

I have friends and family who love Jesus and point me to Him!

I get educated in the Word of God!

My job is to study and preach God's Word!

Christ is my health, my clothing, my food, and my shelter!

Christ is more valuable than all the earth!

Christ is my great heavenly Spouse Who is more beautiful than all and loves and satisfies like no other!

Christ allows me to disciple spiritual children!

Christ allows me to receive singleness as a gift and cry:  “Whom have I in heaven but You!  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You!”  Psalm 73:25

Christ is all joy, all peace, and all happiness in and of Himself!

Christ is the pleasure and treasure of life!

Christ makes all things go my way for He works all things for my good!

Christ is my health, wealth, and prosperity!

Christ has forgiven and saved me for Himself!

Christ is all!

Thank You my Eternal Lover!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

"That's My King!" Who Was Wickedly Denied By A Close Friend On The Inside With Curse And Swearing “No!” He Cried In Pride And Fear To All He Lied But Jesus Faithful Went And Died To Save His Faithless Cheating Bride!

Jesus is worthy for us to lose all things
All hopes and dreams and diamond rings
All joys this world to your life brings
For all true pleasure from Him springs
He bids us fly and gives us wings
And when the persecution stings
His Bride – to Him – She tighter clings
And of His grace forever sings
For He's the mighty King of kings!

That's my King!  Do you know Him?!

Peter is a trusted friend
Which makes denial worse offend
Peter's heart to pride does tend
"I'll stay with You until the end!"
But on his words Christ can't depend
He cursed and swore and played pretend
Not once or twice or three times bend
And Jesus' name he won't commend
Denying Christ to hell will send
Before His Father He'll suspend
All knowledge of this wicked friend
But wait – there's mercy to transcend
All failures that our God offend
Because the Christ did condescend
And never once did He offend
But lived God's will as He'd intend
At the cross His wrath expend
And to the grave He'd soon descend
Then rise alive to all death end
On Him alone we must depend
His love we cannot comprehend!

That's my King!

Judas turned away and never came back
But Peter took a different track
Though his faith was slack
And he failed when the devil attacked
Jesus prayed for all he lacked
Christ is all power packed
The devil He smacked, cracked, and destroyed in fact
And showed mercy to poor Peter who lacked
So after his fall he'll never be sacked
But have a strong faith intact
He died for His King – his final act
This King does ravish and attract
And has an eternal impact
He'll supply all you ever lacked
And when you fail He'll never turn back
But turn you back on the right track and that's a fact!

That's my King!  I wonder if you know Him today?!

Jesus the truth would never deny
But every evil He'll defy
Unlike Peter He cannot lie
He's the faithful God on high
He created the sky
From greatest wrath He did not fly
But took the cross and there He'd die
And end His life with bitter cry
My God forsaken, tell me why?!
But then He'd rise to life apply
So death forever say goodbye
For He's the King Who rules the sky
And is beheld by every eye
He's purest beauty – our supply
So come and trust Him – don't deny
And to His every Word comply!

That's my King!  That's my King!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christ Is All In All Your Pain

"I'm cursed!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm alone!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm sad!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm an outcast!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm rejected!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm beaten."

So was Jesus.

"I'm ridiculed!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm spit on!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm tortured!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm betrayed!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm estranged from my closest friends!"

So was Jesus.

"I"m forsaken by my own father!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm poor!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm blind!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm naked!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm tempted!"

So was Jesus.

"I'm dead!"

So was Jesus.

And now He's alive forevermore so that you will never be those things again for all eternity if you repent and believe in Him!