Friday, December 05, 2014

PPF: The Bargain!

 "One thing I ask of the Lord, this I seek; 
to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life..." 
Psalm 27:4

We all want to get to heaven, 
to dwell in the house of the Lord, don't we? 
It's beautiful there, glorious, love abounds! 
But the problem is, how can I, with all my sin, 
my selfishness, my irritability, my callousness, 
my carelessness with my speech and thoughts, ever belong there? 
How can I even get near a holy, sinless, righteous God?

Even if I stand on Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on earth, 
where I am nearest to the sun, I'm still terribly far from it! 
The difference is negligible. So even if I try my hardest to be good, 
all my effort, will not make me more ready for heaven!

It took Jesus, God's beloved Son, who became an abomination, 
who took our sins, became the sacrifice that 
satisfied the demands of a righteous God. 
My sins, my guilt, my shame, heaped upon Jesus' body, 
and it pleased God to crush Him, instead of me!

 Here is an conversation John Flavel imagined 
God the Father and His son had, before Jesus came down to save us.
This is the Bargain of all Bargains!

The Father speaks. "My Son, here is a company of poor, miserable souls 
that have utterly undone themselves and now lay open to my justice. 
Justice demands satisfaction for them, or will satisfy itself in the eternal ruin of them." 
The Son responds. "Oh my Father. Such is my love and pity for them, 
that rather than they shall perish eternally 
I will be responsible for them as their guarantee. 
Bring in all thy bills, that I may see what they owe thee. 
Bring them all in, that there be no after-reckonings with them. 
At my hands shall thou require it. 
I would rather choose to suffer the wrath that is theirs 
then they should suffer it. 
Upon me, my Father, upon me be all their debt." 
The Father responds. "But my Son, if thou undertake for them, 
thou must reckon to pay the last mite. Expect no abatement. 
Son, if I spare them... I will not spare you." 
The Son responds. "Content Father. Let it be so. Charge it all upon me. 
I am able to discharge it. And though it prove a kind of undoing to me, 
though it impoverish all my riches, empty all my treasures... I am content to take it."

"The gate is the Lord's and the just shall enter it." Psalm 118:20

When Jesus hung on the cross on Calvary, 
there were two criminals on either side of Him. One ridiculed Jesus. 
The other rebuked the first one, chiding, "Do you not fear God
We are suffering justly, we are getting what we deserve, 
but He has done nothing wrong!" 
Then turning to Jesus, he pleaded, "Jesus, remember me 
when You go into Your Kingdom." 
Jesus then answered him, "I assure you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

How amazing is the faith of that man! 
There Jesus hung, bloodied, beaten and seemingly defeated and about to die, 
and still, he believed that Jesus was God, that He had a Kingdom!!! 
He wanted to go to that Kingdom, and he realized that Jesus was the gate!

Lord, may I have that same kind of faith! 
Even if circumstances around me seem hopeless, may I trust in You, 
knowing my life is in Your hands, knowing You are good, 
and You will bring me through the gate into Your Kingdom!

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  1. You are truly inspirational and so very, very talented! your art is gorgeous!

    I linked over from the "Anything goes Word Art Wednesday Challenge" where I am participating too with Nativity Ornaments. Would love it if you'd stop by.

  2. That is my all-time favorite bible verse. Your art is so beautiful and inspiring. The colours you use are peaceful and calming, reflecting your beautiful heart.
    Have you heard of His Kingdom Come? It is a new online community for Christian artists. It is free to join. Here is the link:
    Hugs & smiles,


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