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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Lenten Blog 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Daniel Bonner

Readings: Psalm 42, 137:1-9, 144, Jeremiah 31:27-34, Romans 11:25-36,  John 12:1-50

There is so much action and drama in John, chapter 12.  Read it all and allow it to sink in.  A dinner party honoring the miracle worker, and the dead Lazarus raised to life.  A special anointing from the beloved sister which stirs resentment on the part of Judas and is the final straw that leads to betrayal.  The culmination of John’s account is set in motion from Bethany.  As we read on we see the triumphal entry into the great city by Jesus and his followers, which leads to more following him, although some still in secret.  His fame is spreading because of the way he displays the power of God with love and truth into a downtrodden world.  There is no turning back for Jesus, and he knows it. He knows the plan of the Father is coming to fruition and that when he is lifted up all the world will be drawn to him (vs 32).  He knows it is the way of pain, shame and death that ultimately will lead to victory in resurrection. 

Now go back and read what he has to say to us today in versus 37-50.  Jesus is imploring us to live in his light, to turn and be healed by him and live into that healing.  Don’t return to the darkness and doubt of disease.  Live as His resurrection child, free of all shame and doubt, and hurt and grief, because your loving savior paid for it all for you.

Jesus Paid It All  

 Elvina M. Hall 1865

1.     I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

o    Refrain:
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

2.     For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

3.     And now complete in Him,
My robe, His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.

4.     Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.

5.     When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.

6.     And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down,
All down at Jesus’ feet.

o    Refrain:
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

You are redeemed!