The cross lay bare and bloodstained…
The nails ripped from Christ’s hands.
They came and took His body.
Most did not understand.
The crowd wept tears of sorrow
For they did not realize
His mission was accomplished…
In three days He would arise.
What seemed like such a tragedy
Was all part of God’s plan.
When Jesus died, He paid the price…
Our sacrificial lamb.
He conquered death by rising
And opened heaven’s door.
If we will just believe in Him,
Our destiny’s secure.
Read Ephesians 2:1-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
I turned my new oven dials to the clean cycle and set the clock for three hours. So simple compared to my old stove. I used to spray the interior with chemicals, leave them on for several hours, then put on rubber gloves and scrub vigorously until my oven looked new. The fumes were harsh on my eyes and nose, and my back ached from kneeling on the floor, but the result was worth it. Now, in three hours, I open the door of my self-cleaning oven and see a spotless interior. No effort on my part required.
Years ago, I struggled with guilt and condemnation. Would I ever envision my life clean enough to be worthy of salvation? I had been taught that I had to work to obtain God’s forgiveness of my sins.
Now I know the truth. In three hours on the cross, the same time it takes to produce a spotless oven, Jesus permanently cleansed me of my sins. If I accept His gift of salvation, I am assured of eternal life.
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by Frances Pasch
Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poetry have been published hundreds of times the past thirty years in different denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations. Her book, Double Vision, Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry was released December 12, 2013, by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It is a double eye-opener–two ways of looking at the same spiritual truth. Frances enjoys encouraging other writers, and she has been leading a women’s Christian writers’ group for the past 25 years. You can read some of her writing on her newly updated website: www.francesgregorypasch.com. Also, check out her new Community Page, and follow her on Twitter @Frances Pasch.