Jesus dies on the Cross
All: Dear Heavenly Father, let Your goodness lead us to repentance. Let the heart of a Father displayed for us on Calvary so overwhelm us that we can only turn to you, laying aside every weight, and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set before us.
Leader: "All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." (John 1:3-4, NKJV)
He who knew no sin became sin. And now He who is Life itself suffers death. Only You could go to such lengths to save Your children, Father. Only You would go to such lengths to save Your children. From the moment of Creation You knew that our freedom would result in the alienation that so grieves Your heart. And so the Lamb has been slain from the foundation of the world. The Lamb who is the light of the new city of God. Jesus dies to show us that mystery hidden from the beginning of time.
All: Dear Heavenly Father, Jesus gives himself up to a death that He would never have authored. He takes into Himself every deadly echo of His children's willful shout and shields them so that He might draw them to Himself. I pray that the contemplation of this foolish truth will turn my heart back to You, my first love.
Johann Vanderbijl. Johann has been dabbling in various forms of artistic expression as far back as he can remember. He is trained in theology, Christian education, and missiology and together with his wife, Louise, will serve as a SAMS Missionary to Gambela, Ethiopia.30 X 40 Oil on Canvas SOLD