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, July 12, 2014

"That's My King!" Who Stayed Awake And Made Earth Quake When He Died To Break And Crush The Snake Then Rose New Life To Make And His People Take All For Love's Sake So Now For Him Alone We Ache!

We've fallen asleep
Sin has won
Death has come
The Devil has triumphed
But he didn't know that One would come Who would never fall asleep!
His name is Jesus, and He always stayed awake!

We've fallen asleep
Adam and Eve slept in the garden and ate the forbidden fruit
Nakedness became shameful
They tried to hide from God
They blamed everyone but themselves
We became totally depraved
The creation was all cursed
But it was cursed in hope of the Second Adam Who would never fall asleep!
His name is Jesus, and He always stayed awake!

We've fallen asleep
Noah got drunk
Abraham lied and had sex with Hagar
Jacob was a lying, deceiver
Judah was a whore-monger
David was a murderous adulterer
Israel committed adultery on her wedding night by making a golden calf
The whole history of Israel is one of rebellion and disobedience to God
But don't you know that the only true Israelite Who has ever crossed the horizon of this world never fell asleep!
His name is Jesus, and He always stayed awake!

We've fallen asleep
John the Baptist came preaching to try and wake us up
But the Pharisees kept sleeping and missed their own Messiah
The disciples couldn't stay awake in the Garden of Gethsemane
And they all fled and left Jesus alone in His greatest time of need
Judas kept sleeping and betrayed his only Savior
Peter kept sleeping and denied the Way, the Truth, and the Life
Pilate kept sleeping and unjustly condemned the Righteous One
Israel kept sinning and killed their own Messiah
But True Israel never fell asleep though He'd weep, suffer deep, die for His sheep, of evil make a clean sweep, then up from the grave He'd leap to all His people keep with a grace that's far from cheap!
And His name is Jesus, and He always stayed awake!

We've fallen asleep
But Jesus came to bear in His body on that tree all the sins that have resulted from our sleepiness
He stayed awake when He had no food for forty days
He stayed awake when Satan was tempting
He stayed awake when the Pharisees tried to kill Him
He stayed awake when Judas betrayed Him, Peter denied Him, and all His disciples left Him alone
He stayed awake when they spit on Him, beat Him, stripped Him naked, made fun of Him, and put a crown of thorns on His head – Oh He stayed awake!  He stayed awake for His Father's glory!  And He stayed awake for You!
He stayed awake when they nailed His hands and feet to that tree!
He stayed awake when He was all alone and naked and thirsting and dying and suffering on that cross!  He stayed awake!
He stayed awake when the Father crushed Him with the wrath, judgment, and curse that we deserve!
He stayed awake and cried:  "My God! My God! Why have You forsaken Me?!"
He stayed awake.  He stayed awake for you because He loves you.  And then He died.
His name is Jesus, and He always stayed awake!

We've fallen asleep
But He has awakened from the dead!  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!
He's alive to wake you up!  And wake you up forever!
And He lives awake forevermore to save all those who would turn from sin and trust in Him!
So that now we can fall asleep no more!
Because His name is Jesus, and He always stayed awake!

Now we stay awake
We believe in Him!
We trust in Him!
We delight in Him!
We treasure Him!
We follow Him!
We turn from sin and fight sin!
We die to self!
We seek to live faithfully and do whatever He calls us to do!
We seek to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all that Jesus has commanded!
We are enabled and empowered by His Spirit to obey all that He has commanded us for the glory of God!
We are being conformed into the image of Christ day by day for the glory of our King!
And even now He stays awake and prays and intercedes for us according to the will of God!
Because His name is Jesus, and He always stayed awake!

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