The Son of Man was heaped with shame,
Stripped of dignity, the strain of sin
Upon his shoulders, pain of many:
The suffering Servant paid the ransom,
Freed all those in fear of death.

We share the Savior’s shame, his work
Scorned by worldly sinners, rejected
By rebellious scoffers, hated
By those determined to change his will—
Our hands hold the holy key.

For crime or sin, let no Christian suffer;
Let life be pure, our light undimmed
By doubt or fear or disobedience—
Let Christ be all and the Cross our glory,
Let heaven feed our daily hope.

We want to see, but we cannot, now, see the Lord Jesus Christ. But we can love him.

We want to touch and feel, but we cannot, now, touch the Lord Jesus Christ. But we can wait for him and believe in his promise to return.

We want to listen, but we cannot, now, hear his voice. But we can hear the words he taught in person on earth and the words he inspired his apostles and prophets to write in Scripture. And we can hope to hear his words of approval and welcome on the final day. Continue reading

Hear, O people of God, he speaks
To you from heaven, and must be heard.
He gathered you among Jews and Greeks,
From North and South, the redemptive Word
Uniting West and distant East,
To obedient spirits laying claim.
Among the few rebellion ceased,
The tiny remnant bearing his Name.

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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11.25-26 NET

That’s a good question for all of us, is it not? Living on the resurrection side of the Cross, we’re in a better position to appreciate the truth of Jesus’ declaration. Continue reading

We talk a lot, and rightly so, about what God expects of us. There are some things also that we can expect of God.

In fact this is why we work hard and struggle, because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of believers.
1 Timothy 4.10 NET

What does it mean to set our hope on God? Among other things, it means that there are things we can expect from him. Among those things we can expect from him are these: Continue reading

How good it feels to finish a task! The feeling of accomplishment motivates one with renewed vigor to tackle the next challenge. How much greater it must feel to reach the end of one’s life and be satisfied that the work God has given one to do has been done.

How is that even possible? After saying he has completed the race and kept the faith, the apostle Paul gives us a hint. Continue reading

This world is slated for destruction. Our intended home is in heaven. This poem paints a dark picture of this world and points us to that “languid heaven” where God reigns.

ROIL THE OCEANS
by J. Randal Matheny © 2011

Roil the oceans, folding ages,
The deep and heights clash and heave;
Rock the mountains to sink and melt,
The elements burn, and earth is ended.
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