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In preparation of Good Friday and Easter.

Exodus 12: 21-27

21 Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning.23 For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you. 24 You shall observe this rite as a statute for you and for your sons forever. 25 And when you come to the land that the Lord will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service. 26 And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ 27 you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.’” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.

John 1:29

29 The next day he (John the baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

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The Power of the Cross

In preparation for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  The sweetest words in this song echo what my Savior said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30).

Verse 1
Oh to see the dawn of the darkest day
Christ on the road to calvary
Tried by sinful men, torn and beaten then
Nailed to a cross of wood

Chorus 1
This the pow’r of the cross
Christ became sin for us
Took the blame, bore the wrath
We stand forgiven at the cross

Verse 2
Oh to see the pain written on Your face
Bearing the awesome weight of sin
Ev’ry bitter thought, ev’ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow

Verse 3
Now the daylight flees, now the ground beneath
Quakes as its maker bows his head
Curtain torn in two, dead are raised to life
‘Finished!’ the vict’ry cry.

Verse 4
Oh to see my name written in the wound
For through Your suf‘fring I am free
Death is crushed to death, life is mine to live
Won through Your selfless love

Chorus 2
This the pow’r of the cross
Son of God slain for us
What a life, what a cost
We stand forgiven at the cross

Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music/PRS ; written by: Stuart Townend, Keith Getty

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In preparation for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
A prayer from the Valley of Vision book.

BLESSED LORD JESUS,

Before the cross I kneel and see

the heinousness of my sin,

my iniquity that caused you to be ‘made a curse’,

the evil that excites the severity of divine wrath.

Show me the enormity of my guilt by

the crowns of the thorns,

the pierced hands and feet,

the bruised body,

the dying cries.

The blood is the blood of the incarnate God,

its worth infinite, its value beyond all thought.

Infinite must be the evil and the guilt that demands such a price.

Sin is my disease, my monster, my foe, my viper,

born in my birth,

alive in my life,

strong in my character,

dominating my faculties,

following me as a shadow,

intermingling with my every thought,

my chain that holds me captive in the empire of my soul.

Sinner that I am, why should the sun give me light,

the air supply breath,

the earth holds my tread,

its fruit nourish me,

its creatures subserve my ends?

Yet your compassion yearns over me,

your heart hastens to my rescue,

your love endured my curse,

your mercy bore my deserved stripes.

Let me walk humbly in the lowest depths of humiliation,

bathed in your blood,

tender of conscience,

triumphing gloriously as an heir of salvation.

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