Encouraged – April 6, 2010

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Can’t remember an Easter weekend where I pondered the significance of the Cross so heavily.  I’m not a builder, the guys here don’t let me swing a hammer, but I know what a plumb line is (although I checked dictionary.com to be sure!).  When you survey the wondrous Cross, like Isaac Watts did when he penned that hymn, you get the sense that the further you survey, the further away the bottom actually is.  Like a plumb line that reaches far into an abyss, it keeps going, and going.

The Atonement, to me, is the richest study we can embark on.  It unpacks in so many different ways.  Even the apostle Paul, guided by the Holy Spirit, seemed to pull from all sorts of human reality to try and convey different aspects.  From reconciliation & redemption (commerce terms), to justification and payment (legal), to salvation and forgiveness, each expressions of this divine act we’ve experienced.   In any case, I’m encouraged to know that no matter where I live, what circumstance I find myself in, I’ve been given this gift, and like the nature of the one that gives it, it’s eternal.  Now that’s encouragement!

‘Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood. ‘

Some spring cleaning, and great helpers, especially the old guy!

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Thanks for checking in,

Bruce & Deb

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