BELIEVE – ACCEPT

The chopping block, the guillotine,

The noose, electric chair,

The burning at the stake.  There

Was nothing to compare—

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To the torture of the cross, with

Its nails, its constant pain.

Six hours plus, of torture, like,

Over and over again.

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Did he have to take the punishment?

Or die on strangling breath?

(The consequence of death, of course,

“Sin’s wages,” you know, death!)

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Of course He had to die (in sin)

Not His but yours and mine! (*)

The substitutionary work

Could only be Divine!

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Deity, the cross of shame, (**)

What more could any ask?

He took the torture and the shame.

Now we can have a blast?

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No!  Believe on Him!  Requirement!

What more could man desire?

Well, Satan too, believes on Him

And he is consigned to fire!

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Believe and accept!  Rejoice in Him!

You cannot less acclaim!

How can you not rejoice, be glad?

He took your sin and shame!

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Cool!

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(*)  He was sinless!

(**) Not just the pain, the shame!

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Sam Cox 03.10.04

SHADOW OF THE CROSS

Can you see Jesus’ shadow out there?

Forming a cross on the sod?

Think He knew that He would suffer and die?

For every man’s sins, as God?

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Suppose that this boy growing up,

Sensed that His freedom to live

Would be curtailed in His prime,

With nothing at all to give?

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Think that as He fed multitudes,

The thousands seated out there,

He knew before that crucifixion,

Would shorten His life so fair?

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Would temptation to flee such suffering,

His human right contained,

Like overthrew the prophecy,

So that man in sin remained.

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Would a loving God succumb to such

Temptation?  Think, humanity,

Lose self in some deserted cave?

Forget about you and me?

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The Savior’s ever consuming love,

Would not be constrained!

Or cause any forgetfulness,

Suspect to a Savior’s name!

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He came to save us!  Carry our sins,

All of them!  To that hanging!

Can such fortitude again be found,

By spikes, holding there dangling?

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I think not!  Till the death, finally!

Brings a sighing end

Continuous!  Suffering!  Such

To make other human bend!

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But did He bend, give in, to sin?

We all know, He did not!

Savoir of all people!  Sinless I see!

No sin could ever blot!

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Sinless!  So that He could forgive!

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the Sam 07.29.13

WHAT PROBLEM?

Do not focus on the problem

Unless you aim to stay

Within that messy problem

To ponder all the day!

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The problem cannot solve itself,

Fact is neither can you!

You will still be caught within it!

No matter what you do!

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There is a Problem Solver and

He is One you can afford!

He knows you and the problem!

So take it to the LORD!

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That devil you are fighting,

You cannot win, you know!

That enemy is stronger

Let God destroy your foe!

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When every hope has vanished

Find all help has flown,

The Lord had always been there

For you to lean upon!

(So leave it with the Lord!  Focus on!)

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A simple word was all He needed

To heal the sick, the lame!

To cleanse a sinner, His blood applied!

And that is why He came!

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A simple word, a broken heart

All covered over with shame,

He died to save us from our sins!

So Jesus is His name!

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A simple word, they laid Him out

Upon a cruel frame!

We sinned!  He did not!  But that is why

The Sinless took our blame!

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  •                          A simple word:  a manger bed
  •                               A simple word:  a carpenter’s shed
  •                                    A simple word:  a cruel frame
  •                                         A simple word:  a cross of shame
  •                                                   Can we then remain the same?

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Sam Cox 11.10.10