Near The Cross

A hill with three crosses-
One cross where a thief died IN SIN.
One cross where a thief died TO SIN.
A center cross where a Redeemer died FOR SIN.
- Unknown -

And he bearing his cross 
went forth into a place called the place of a skull, 
which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 
Where they crucified him, 
and two other with him, 
on either side one, 
and Jesus in the midst.
- John 19:17, 18 -

Jesus, keep me near the cross; 
there a precious fountain, 
free to all, a healing stream, 
flows from Calvary's mountain. 

Near the cross, a trembling soul, 
love and mercy found me; 
there the bright and morning star 
sheds its beams around me. 

Near the cross! O Lamb of God, 
bring its scenes before me; 
help me walk from day to day 
with its shadow o'er me. 

Near the cross I'll watch and wait, 
hoping, trusting ever, 
till I reach the golden strand 
just beyond the river. 

In the cross, in the cross, 
be my glory ever, 
till my raptured soul shall find 
rest beyond the river. 
- Fanny J. Crosby -

The cross was a superb triumph over Satan, death, and hell.
Never was Christ more a King than when He shouted from the cross-
"It is finished."
Out of the hideous suffering of Calvary 
He has carved His victory and His kingdom.
The victory of the cross assures us 
that we no longer need to be kept separate from God-
either in this life or for eternity.
Even now we can enter into His presence 
"with confidence, so in our time of need."
{Hebrews 4:16}
And the best is yet to come-
"the golden strand just beyond the river."
- Kenneth W. Osbeck -

Verily, verily, I say unto you, 
He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 
I am that bread of life. 
Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 
This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, 
that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: 
if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: 
and the bread that I will give is my flesh, 
which I will give for the life of the world. 
- John 6:47-51 -

But God forbid that I should glory, 
save in the cross of our LORD Jesus Christ, 
by whom the world is crucified unto me, 
and I unto the world.
- Galatians 6:14 -

Have a blessed Lord's Day!



Terra said...

Rest beyond the river, I love that. Easter is such a time of the great promise made to us. I visited the Holy Land one Easter, what a profound experience for me.

Debbie Harris said...

When Jesus cried "It is finished" those words grip my heart and bring me to my knees in worship to my Lord and Savior.
As you know, Easter, Resurrection Sunday, is my favorite Holiday celebration because if what Christ did for me on that cross.
Oh blessed Redeemer!!
Beautiful post reminding us of the cross and its significance.
Bless you~

hobbyloes said...

Beautiful post and beautiful verse Gal. 6:14, so true.
It is very important: see on the cross.

Regina said...

Have a blessed Palm Sunday Stephanie!

Karen said...

I believe you post today is the prettiest one yet! I love that song that was sung at my precious Great Grandfather's funeral when I was 9. I still remember the words.

Carla from The River said...

Thank You my friend.
Easter is a very special time for our family. My boys appreciate the traditions we have, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday!

Chris Lally said...

Another lovely post, Stephanie. Perfect for this day!

Marilyn Mathis said...

Wonderful post. Oh, the beauty of the cross! Our source of life is Jesus' death on that cross and His victory over death on Easter. Thank you for this reminder of the source of our victory in life. Hugs.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

On of my favorite hymns. When I was with my mom and playing her hymns around the clock, I had several versions of this on the playlist. Selah and Michael W. Smith were two of my favorite versions. Thanks for another lovely post :)

My thrift store addiction said...

Such a beautiful reminder, Stephanie. I needed it today ~ thank you for sharing,sweet Friend!

Roosterhead Designs said...

One of my very very favorite hymns Stephanie; thank you for sharing!
Love & hugs, karen o

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, you can not go wrong with Scripture and Fanny Crosby. Love her hymns! xo

Conniecrafter said...

I have never heard that first quote but I like it. Beautiful hymn, so much reassurance, to God be the glory!!
Your roses are just gorgeous, love the colors!

Lowcarb team member said...

Perfect words and pictures ...
Thank you.

All the best Jan

Dianna said...

Stephanie, what a lovely post. The hymn is so precious when we really think about the words we are singing...remembering what Jesus did for me on the cross. The roses are beautiful. Are they from your garden?

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