(a re-posting from last Easter, with additional thoughts)

Meditate-to focus one’s thoughts on : reflect on or ponder over

 

“If I have observed anything by experience, it is this:  a man may take the measure of his growth and decay in grace according to his thoughts and meditations upon the person of Christ, and the glory of Christ’s Kingdom, and of His love.”  John Owen

“Meditation is like the charging of a piece, and prayer the discharging of it.”  George Swinnock

“Meditation is the best beginning of prayer, and prayer is the best conclusion of meditation.”  G. Swinnock

“There are two things that make meditation hard.  The one is, because men are not used thereunto. . .and another is, because they do not love God enough.  Everything is hard at the first:  writing is hard at the first, painting hard at the first. . .meditation will be hard at the first.  There is nothing hard to those that love, love makes all things easy.  Is it a hard thing for a lover to think or meditate on the person loved?”  William Bridge

 

Meditate on these words. . think about them until you feel them. . .think about Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, see the love in His eyes for you!  Think about His abundant grace and mercy and let your heart soar with gratitude.

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Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand-
The shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land;
A home within the wilderness, A rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noon-tide heat, And the burden of the day.

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Upon that cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One who suffered there for me;
And from my smitten heart with tears two wonders I confess-
The wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness.

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I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by, to know no gain nor loss,
My sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.

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written by Elizabeth C. Clephane, 1830-1869

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This year, during the Easter season, I am praying constantly that God will give me the grace to stay focused on Christ and to remember His death, burial, and resurrection.  This is the week, dear ones, that He paid the ultimate sacrifice to save our souls.  “What wondrous love is this, Oh my soul?”

“And He bearing His cross went forth unto. . .Golgotha:  Where they crucified Him.”  John 19:17-18

“Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”  John 1:29

“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities.”  Isaiah 53:5

“The soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on His head.” John 19:2

“He. . .became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:8

“God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Galations 6:14

0 thoughts on “(a re-posting from last Easter, with additional thoughts)

  1. Easter can be overwhelming for me.  The reality of what Jesus has done for me is so huge.  And then I think of the fact that I’m probably not even skimming the depth of His love for me and I am once again overwhelmed. 
    I love Easter!

  2. Beautiful post!  I am feeling overwhelmed with errands, chores, etc. right now and I really just need to sit and meditate on Jesus’ sacrifice for me. 

  3. This is a beautiful post, pictures and thoughts, brought tears.  Oh, the depth of our Saviour’s love and self sacrifice for each of us, for me!!  Not an ounce of selfishness…

  4. Nothing but the blood of Jesus!  thank you for posting this.  Victory in Jesus, my savior forever! . . . are you singing it now?  I love you!  Pastor Chris’s (at FBCA) dad passed away yesterday.  My heart aches for him and his family.  They didn’t know if he had accepted Christ as his savior. . .I know you didn’t know him well and maybe didn’t even think highly of him but Chris means a lot to Jeremy and I.  He lead us to the Lord and really like family to us.  Please pray for him and his family.

  5. Beautiful, and well worth posting again. Meditation means setting aside sufficient time, and many people think they are too busy. It is a shame what you miss when you don’t just soak in His presence.

  6. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.  I too have been seeking to meditate upon what Jesus did at the cross for me this week.  I am so undeserving of his love, mercy, and grace, but am so thankful for them!

  7. I HAVE to tell you… I found a pair of shiny black rubber boots on sale today… and bought them! I instantly thought of you I am SO excited and I love them; I have been needing a pair!

  8. I love that hymn so much, I have the one we sang in the choir in my head right now.  The words are so emotional, just to ponder them.  So amazing is the gift God gave to us, and my favorite part is “…my sinful self, my only shame, my glory all the cross.” Just knowing that for all the wretchedness we possess, we have that glory in the cross, our salvation!

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