Post #73: “Prepare the way of the Lord…”
For anyone who wants to know, the song that we sang in chapel yesterday that had Jesus’ name being sung over and over again is called “Prepare the Way”…it’s by Charlie Hall and it’s on the Passion CD Our Love Is Loud. It’s simple, but it’s powerful. “Prepare the way of the Lord…You are the Light of the world…You are the King of the earth…JESUS.”
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I’ve been thinking a lot about the cross lately…most of my readers have probably been in church long enough that you’ve heard about the crucifixion a whole lot. We all know how brutal it was–the beatings, the nails through the wrists and ankles, the amount of blood He lost. We know He was mocked. We know He took on all our sins. We know it so well that I think we take it all for granted most of the time. What Jesus did on the cross is the reason why we even have a chance. He literally became our sin, Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians. He went through so much torture for US. And until He brought us to Himself, we literally were all anti-Him. He had no reason to die for us except that He loved us and by doing so He brought glory to Himself. Wow.
“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world…” (Galatians 6:14).
The cross, neither jewelry nor icon nor charm
The cross held a Lover who died in my arms
Under the weight of the hammer I held
The space between heaven and everything spanned
And the lost art of living was found again
When the cross became loving and Christ became friend
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For some reason I keep thinking of Godspell…at the end, Jesus has been crucified, and (in the original script), the disciples take His body down from the cross, and carry it, pallbearer-style, out of the theater singing “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.” There’s not a resurrection per se, but one interpretation of that I read said that it’s probably symbolic of taking “the body of Christ” into the world. We are literally His body. We are Jesus in the flesh on earth. And so you get the church fulfilling Christ’s command to take the Word to every nation. Not the dead Jesus, of course, but the risen Christ.