Once Upon the Cross

The crowd arrived to mock Him
The trial was a farce
Convicted as a heretic
Condemned to death by cross

Scorned and battered senseless
Thorns upon His brow
Nails pierced through His feet and hands
To the ground blood flowed

Forgive them was His final plea
As darkness filled the day
He cried out it is finished
Then gave His life away

Once upon the cross
He gave His life for me
All my sin He took
So I could be set free
Oh the blessed mercy
Displayed for all to see
Amazing grace of Jesus
Amazing love for me

They laid Him in a borrowed tomb
They sealed it extra tight
Roman soldiers guarded for three days
All through the lonely nights

The stone then rolled away
The guards fainted in fright
From the grave He rose alive
Sometime in the night
The morning dawned the third day
The women came anointing
He has risen angels told them
They went away rejoicing

Once upon the cross
He gave His life for me
All my sin He took
So I could be set free
Oh the blessed mercy
Displayed for all to see
Amazing grace of Jesus
Amazing love for me
All because He gave His life
Once upon the cross

The Most Amazing Thing

I serve the God who put all the stars in place
He stretched out all the heavens and set the bounds of space
He even put the smile on the moon man’s face
The God I serve can do most anything

I serve the God who taught the morning birds to sing
The spider learned to spin his web the bee learned he could sting
The leaves learned changing color would autumn beauty bring
The God I serve can do most anything

His wisdom fills the heavens
His glory lines the clouds
His beauty can be seen day after daycreation
When you look up to heaven
You’ll see His handiwork
With wonder and with awe you’ll be amazed

I serve the God who started with an earth devoid of life
He told the light to shine and the water to arrive
He grew the trees and grasses so the beasts would all survive
The God I serve can do most anything

Then He formed a man out of the dust that covered earth
He breathed in him the breath of life which gave his spirit birth
God gave dominion to the man to show him his great worth
The God I serve can do most anything

His wisdom fills the heavens
His glory lines the clouds
His beauty can be seen day after day
When you look up to heaven
You’ll see His handiwork
With wonder and with awe you’ll be amazed

But man would disappoint Him, and disobey His plan
He sinned a sin what would be passed along to every man
God had to find a way to restore this earth again
The God I serve can do most anything

He sent His Son to earth to rescue all of us from sin
He died upon the cross to give us joy and peace within
He made us all a heavenly home when He rose again
The God I serve can do most anything

With all the wonders He has made
With all the miracles He gave
The most amazing thing he did
Was die to set me free

His wisdom fills the heavens
His glory lines the clouds
His beauty can be seen day after day
When you look up to heaven
You’ll see His handiwork
With wonder and with awe you’ll be amazed

Is He Lord, or Just Savior?

This piece was inspired by my blog post today on the same subject from Psalm 132. You can view it at https://wordpress.com/post/petertgardner.wordpress.com/14536 if you like

We all can call Him Savior
For that is who He is
The stripes on His back saved us from sickness and disease
The thorns on His brow brought healing to our minds
The nails in His feet makes Him a lamp to light the way
The nails in His hands bring His peaceful touch
The blood dripping down His face redeemed us from our sin
The spear in His heart heals our broken hearts
And all this brings us joy
His resurrection brings us hope
And the guarantee of eternal life
All for just accepting that sacrifice on the cross
So many years ago
And accepting Him as our redeemer
Confessing our sins
Repenting and turning away
And following Him
Savior He is and always will be

But is He Lord
Do I follow His word
Do do as He asks
Do I give Him my liife
For that is what He requires
For entry to heaven
Or do I selectively do what He wants
And then what I want
Wallowing in between His truth
And mine.
This is lukewarmness
And the lukewarm He will spew out of His mouth
I don;t want to Be in that state
Is He Lord
Or is He just a puppet you call when you need Him
Is He Lord
Or is He just a gift giver to you
Is He Lord
Or is he just mercy and not truth
Is he Lord
Or is He just grace and not judgment

If He is not both Savior and Lord
You do Him a disservice
And yourself
And you may miss heaven
According to His own words
Make Him Lord today
Submit to His will
Follow His ways
Heed His words
Peace and Joy will seek you out
When He is Lord

Lift Him Higher and Higher

He said if I
Be lifted up
I will draw
All men to me
They raised Him up
Upon the cross
The blood He shed
Has set me free

They laid Him in
A borrowed tomb
They sealed it tight
A guard was paid
In three short days
The stone rolled back
He is alive
To heaven He raise

Lift Him higher and higher
For all the world to see
Lift Him higher and higher
Tell of His love
Lift Him higher and higher
Come on and testify
Lift Him higher and higher
It’s up to you and me

As I go out
Onto this world
My daily task
Is plainly clear
I need to speak
And testify
Of His great love
For all to hear

Lift Him higher and higher
For all the world to see
Lift Him higher and higher
Tell of His love
Lift Him higher and higher
Come on and testify
Lift Him higher and higher
It’s up to you and me

Every word I speak
Everything I do
Every thought I have
Out in this dark world
Should be witness to
His eternal love
Am I living proof
For the King above

Lift Him higher and higher
For all the world to see
Lift Him higher and higher
Tell of His love
Lift Him higher and higher
Come on and testify
Lift Him higher and higher
It’s up to you and me

Turn the World Around

It’s not a little thing at all
Though people will  discount it
I’m not even reluctant
To say it changed the world

In it’s time it was enormous
Truly massive in it’s scope
Because a new beginning
Was about to now unfold

When Jesus died upon that cross
There were just a few take notice
But when He rose up from the grave
The world was turned around

Twelve men and many others
Began to preach His story
The church was born by His dear plan
And victory abounds

 

 

In response to the daily prompt Massive