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Christ’s Sacrificial Death   2 comments

Crucifix

Above:  A Large Crucifix

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NOTE:

After saying this, Jesus raised up his eyes to heaven and said:

Father, the hour has come:

glorify your Son

so that your Son may glorify you;

so that, just as you have given him power over all humanity,

he may give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him.

And eternal life is this:

to know you,

the only true God,

and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent….

–John 17:1-3, The New Jerusalem Bible

I am stickler for details.  So, based on the definition of eternal life in John 17:1-3, I state that there is eternity outside of God and that my great-grandfather misused the word “eternally” in his first point.  “Forever” would have been a good choice instead.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Titus 2, 14

1.  “Who gave himself for us.”

“Death passed upon all men”–left alone they were eternally doomed to death.  To live spiritually they must be forgiven.  But  it must be done in consideration of something.  Christ alone could pay the price.  John was about to weep at the unopened seal.  Christ’s life not the sacrifice; he shrank not from life, but the cross.  “Poured out his soul unto death.”  Why?

2.  “Might redeem us.”

(1)  Life the curse of the law & make possible our pardon.

(2)  Cleanse the soul, purify the people by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.  Peculiar people, living a righteous life.

(3)  “Zealous of good works.”  God’s people should abound in good works, no to be saved, but because they are.

Less than this zeal is short of his will.  As we value our own salvation seek that of others.  “Freely ye have received, freely give.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Jesus   Leave a comment

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

He gave his life, that I might live,

And in return, what can I give?

He gave his all, how could that be?

What did he see in you and me?

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He suffered much on Calvary’s tree,

This Lord of mine, who died for me.

The crown of thorns, the beating cruel,

The angry mob just added fuel.

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For me he trod the road to death,

He bore my sins, endured the curse.

Before him was the criminals death,

And all for me, my heart would burst.

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The grave is empty, the stone is gone.

My heart now sings a different song

Since I accepted this sacrifice

And gave to him my all, my life.

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He gave his life that you might live,

And in return, what can you give?

Give him your heart, your mind, your soul,

Just trust him now, he’ll make you whole.

SALLY TAYLOR

O Blessed Mother   1 comment

The Madonna in Sorrow, by Sassorerrato

O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

You learned you were pregnant

Outside of wedlock?

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O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

The anonymous, thronging crowds

Ignored you in your hour of need in Bethlehem?

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O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

You experienced birth pangs,

As well as the stresses of parenthood?

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O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

Your eldest son confused you,

Then seemed to reject you?

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O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

You watched your eldest son die?

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O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

You buried your eldest son?

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O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

You discovered your resurrected son?

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O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

You ascended and became

Queen of Heaven?

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O Blessed Mother,

Strong and humble,

Faithful and human,

Intercede for us.

Amen.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

May 30, 1997

How Can I Thank You?   Leave a comment

Above:  What Our Saviour Saw from the Cross, by James Tissot

How can I thank you

For all that you’ve done?

For giving me a precious son

And daughter whom I love,

And all your blessings

From heaven above.

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I don’t deserve your special favors

Which you bestow so generously,

How can I repay those debts,

While in this world I remain, yet

I can try to do your will,

And others to  your love direct.

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You gave your life on Calvary’s tree,

And this, Dear Lord, you gave for me.

And for this deed I love you so,

And praise your name, the world to show

That you are all you claim to be,

The Savior of all humanity.

SALLY TAYLOR

Posted August 19, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Easter Triduum, Sally Bishop Taylor Stuckey

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