Friday, March 29, 2013

The Stroke that Justice Gave

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Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning:
Was there ever grief like His?
Friends, through fear, His cause disowning,
Foes insulting His distress.
Many hands were raised to wound Him
None would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced Him
Was the stroke that justice gave.
Thomas Kelly, 1804
He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
Romans 4:25, New Living Translation
A very Good Friday to all.

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18 comments:

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    1. It is, isn't it? Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Lovely. Blessings and Happy Easter!

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    1. The same to you and your family, Mindy! :)

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  3. We cannot begin to understand the pain of the collected sin of the world that He bore on our behalf. Thanks be to God!

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  4. A thought provoking poem! Like the line 'many hands were raised to wound him'

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    1. It's one verse of a lyric entitled "Smitten, Stricken, and Afflicted". (A favourite hymn.) Very thought provoking indeed.

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  5. Wonderful and a sharp and necessary reminder. Thank you Sue.

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    1. Yes - it's good to think on this sometimes. Thanks for your comment, Stephanie. :)

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  6. When you stop to really think about the sacrifice made on our behalf, it's quite overwhelming......
    Something to be thankful for every day.

    Claire x

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  7. Thank you for this reminder!

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  8. Here we have a firm foundation;
    Here the refuge of the lost;
    Christ, the Rock of our salvation,
    His the name of which we boast.
    Lamb of God, for sinners wounded,
    Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
    None shall ever be confounded
    Who on Him their hope have built.

    This was how this poem ended. I hope you don't mind me having it here as a comment. Thanks very much for sharing this. I had never read it before.
    Easter blessings to you and your family.

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    1. Of course not, Kay. So glad you looked it up - I thought you might have known it already. It's a wonderful hymn and one of my favourite lyrics. All the verses are good, aren't they? Easter blessings to you and yours.

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    2. It's true, I know a lot of hymns but we don't have this one in our hymnal book at our Episcopal church. Often, the organist will find songs and use them and have them as a printed insert for a certain Sunday. but I don't know this one at all.
      Thanks for letting me know about this hymn. I love the words, I wonder what tune is used for it?

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  9. Beautiful!

    He still reaches across time to touch our hearts and save our souls...and none of this would have been possible, if He had not followed the will of God and died for our sins. Death and time have no hold on Him. He is the same today, as then, as He will be forever. Glory to God for the gift of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. No greater love indeed!

    Easter blessings to you and yours always

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