Prepare to be Blessed!

Hebrews 2:14-18, The Message…

Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death. It’s obvious, of course, that he didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham. That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.

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Hebrews 4:14-16, The Message…

Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.

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Every so often a song comes along that takes up a special place of residency in your heart. This is the case Chris Rice’s song, Untitled Hymn (Come To Jesus). A dear friend, who is also one of my spiritual shepherds, brought it to my attention again last week. It resonates in my heart because it reminds me of two of my favorite passages, which I’ve shared above. More than this, it just rings true—it speaks so fittingly to what it means to live in the knowledge that in Jesus we can “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Praise the Lord!

Even if you don’t know the melody, read these lyrics aloud and prepare to be blessed!

 

Untitled Hymn (Come To Jesus)

By: Chris Rice

 

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden’s lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby
Don’t be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we fall…so
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can’t contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory’s side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!

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So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech. -2 Thessalonians 2:15-17, The Message

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a sojourner in life, trying to follow in the steps of Jesus.
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5 Responses to Prepare to be Blessed!

  1. Greg England says:

    I guess I’ll be looking to purchase the CD w/ that song! Thanks for the blessing.

  2. You’ll love it, Greg! I’m just passing along what was shared with me. Freely received, freely given…BTW, I’ve really enjoyed your posts of late. Just haven’t had much time for commenting. Things are starting to level out a bit now, though. -bill

  3. ksreyes says:

    Hi Bill,

    Thank you so much for your encouraging words and posts. I feel like they have been a lifeline……hopefully will have more time to write and comment later this week.

    Peace+
    kiersten

  4. Donna says:

    I love that song. It is amazing the depth of some of today’s lyrics. Thanks for sharing.

  5. celestial says:

    I LOVE this song – my father got saved a few weeks before he died and this song always makes me think of him. He didn’t get the opportunity to walk with Jesus, but he sure enough flew to Jesus when his life was over. Thanks for sharing!

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