Music for Good Friday- John Michael Talbot- Prayer Before the Cross

April 3, 2015

One of my favorite worship songs – a musical prayer – just played in my Good Friday playlist.  I’m spending the evening listening to music focused on the Cross.  I thought I’d share this here since it’s from an older album that may not be so widely known or played these days.
Troubador

(John Michael Talbot,  from Troubadour of the Great King, 1981.  iTunes link)

We adore You, most holy Lord
Jesus Christ, Lord Jesus Christ
As we gather together in this place
And throughout all the world

We worship You, Lord
We adore you, Oh Lord
And we bless Your holy name
For by Your cross
You have redeemed us
You have redeemed all the world


Good Friday entries at Kendall Harmon’s TitusOneNine (2009 – 2015)

April 3, 2015

Rather than just linking to Kendall Harmon’s Holy Week category at TitusOneNine as I’ve been wont to do on Good Friday in past years, I thought it would be good if I did a round up of some of Kendall’s best Good Friday entries from today (so far) and years’ past…  As I did in last night’s Maundy Thursday roundup, I’ll post several prayers in full, and then post links to quotes, poems, music, sermon excerpts, etc.

A Prayer for Good Friday (I)

Lord Jesus Christ, who for the redemption of mankind didst ascend the cross, that thou mightest enlighten the world that lay in darkness: gather us this day with all they faithful to that same holy cross; that, gazing in penitence upon thy great sacrifice for us, we may be loosed from all our sins, and entering into the mystery of thy passion, be crucified to the vain pomp and power of this passing world; and finding our glory in the cross alone, we may attain at last thy everlasting glory, where thou, the lamb that once was slain, reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

A Prayer for Good Friday (II)

O Christ, who by the thorns pressed upon thy head hast drawn the thorns from the sorrows of this world, and given us a crown of joy and peace: Make us so bold as never to fear suffering, nor to suffer without cheerfulness in thy service; to the glory of thy holy name.

A Prayer for Good Friday (III)

Lord Christ, who didst enter into thy triumph by the hard and lonely way of the cross: May thy courage and steadfast loyalty, thy unswerving devotion to the Father’s will, inspire and strengthen us to tread firmly and with joy the road which love bids us to take, even if it leads through suffering, misunderstanding, and darkness. We ask it for thy sake, who for the joy that was set before thee endured the cross, despising the shame, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer.

A Prayer for Good Friday (IV)

O God, whose blessed Son endured the loneliness and darkness of the cross, that we might enjoy eternal fellowship with thee: Grant that amidst life’s shadows we may know that we are never forsaken, but that we are ever walking in the light of thy countenance; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Prayer of William Temple

Lord Jesus Christ, who didst for me endure the horror of deep darkness, teach me by the depth of thine agony the vileness of my sin, and so bind me to thyself in bonds of gratitude and love that I may be united with thee in thy perfect sacrifice, my Saviour, my Lord, and my God.

A Prayer of John Wesley

O holy and ever-blessed Jesus, who being the eternal Son of God and most high in the glory of the Father, didst vouchsafe in love for us sinners to be born of a pure virgin, and didst humble thyself unto death, even the death of the cross : Deepen within us, we beseech thee, a due sense of thy infinite love; that adoring and believing in thee as our Lord and Saviour, we may trust in thy infinite merits, imitate thy holy example, obey thy commands, and finally enjoy thy promises; who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest, one God, world without end.

And Another Good Friday Prayer

O holy and adorable Redeemer, by whose condemnation we are acquitted, by whose stripes we are healed, by whose death we have life, by whose cross we gain our crown: Keep us, we beseech thee, ever mindful of thy boundless love; and when thou dost call on us to bear for a while thy cross, like Simon of old, make us to rejoice that we are counted worthy to suffer for thy sake, and accept our feeble sacrifice, through the merits of thine eternal redemption. (W. E. Scudamore (Rector of Ditchingham and Fellow of Saint John’s College, Cambridge)

Still Another Good Friday Prayer

O God, the Father of mankind, who didst suffer thine only Son to be set forth as a spectacle despised, derided, and scornfully arrayed, yet in his humiliation to reveal his majesty: Draw us, we beseech thee, both to behold the Man and to worship the King, immortal, eternal, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer for Good Friday (IX)

Hear us, O merciful Lord, and remember now the hour in which thou didst commend thy blessed spirit into the hands of thy heavenly Father; and so assist us by this thy most precious death, that dying unto the world, we may live unto thee; and that at the hour of our departing from this mortal life, we may be received into thine everlasting kingdom, there to reign with thee, world without end.

A Prayer for Good Friday (VII)

Dear Lord, who hast blessed us with the gift of family life, that we may learn to love and care for others: We praise thee for the example of thy Son Jesus Christ, who even when deserted and betrayed by closest friends took thought for his mother and his disciple. Open our eyes to recognize in all men the claims of kinship, and stir our hearts to serve them as brethren called with us into the sonship of thy love.

A Prayer for Good Friday (VI)

Almighty and eternal God, who in thy great love didst give thine only Son to die for our sins, and for the sins of the whole world: Enable us, we beseech thee, by thy Holy Spirit, to worship thee with reverence, and meditate with humility upon those mighty acts by which thou didst bring redemption to thy people; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Poems, Quotes, Sermon Excerpts…

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MUSIC & SERMONS – Audio & Video links(I’m in the process of checking these links, not all may be working)


Good Friday Hymns #4: In Evil Long I Took Delight (John Newton) / The Look (adaptation by Bob Kauflin)

April 18, 2014

Back in 2010 we posted the lyrics to John Newton’s hymn In Evil Long I Took Delight.  At the time, I referenced a modern adaptation of this classic hymn by Bob Kauflin of Sovereign Grace Music.  However, the links provided in our old post no longer work, so I thought I’d post this hymn again this year.

First, the modern adaptation of Newton’s hymn by Bob Kauflin.

The Look, by Bob Kauflin, Sovereign Grace Music  (also available at iTunes)

VERSE 1
I saw one hanging on a tree
In agony and blood
Who fixed His loving eyes on me
As near His cross I stood
And never till my dying breath
Will I forget that look
It seemed to charge me with His death
Though not a word He spoke

VERSE 2
My conscience felt and owned the guilt
And plunged me in despair
I saw my sins His blood had spilt
And helped to nail Him there
But with a second look He said
“I freely all forgive
This blood is for your ransom paid
I died that you might live”

CHORUS
Forever etched upon my mind
Is the look of Him who died
The Lamb I crucified
And now my life will sing the praise
Of pure atoning grace
That looked on me and gladly took my place

VERSE 3
Thus while His death my sin displays
For all the world to view
Such is the mystery of grace
It seals my pardon too
With pleasing grief and mournful joy
My spirit now is filled
That I should such a life destroy
Yet live by Him I killed

© 2001 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI).

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Now, as to John Newton’s original hymn, it is nearly impossible to find any recording of it (with sung lyrics) online or at iTunes.  With some deep digging in Google, however, I found a free download (which I thoroughly scanned for viruses!) of a very nice recording accompanied by acoustic guitar.   I enjoyed hearing John Newton’s lyrics brought to life with a tune that’s simple and singable.

UPDATE:  I kept searching online and I’ve now been able to identify the artist who recorded the version of Newton’s hymn I’ve posted below.  It’s a singer / songwriter from Indiana maned Phil KirkThe track is available on Soundcloud, as are other hymns by this artist.

(should the audio file not display or play properly, try this link)

This hymn by John Newton was part of the famous “Olney Hymnal”  of 1779.  (available online at CCEL) You can hear the tune at the Cyber Hymnal

In evil long I took delight,
Unawed by shame or fear,
Till a new object struck my sight,
And stopped my wild career.

I saw One hanging on a tree,
In agonies and blood,
Who fixed His languid eyes on me,
As near His cross I stood.

Sure, never till my latest breath,
Can I forget that look;
It seemed to charge me with His death,
Though not a word He spoke.

My conscience felt and owned the guilt,
And plunged me in despair,
I saw my sins His blood had spilt,
And helped to nail Him there.

Alas, I knew not what I did,
But now my tears are vain;
Where shall my trembling soul be hid?
For I the Lord have slain.

A second look He gave, which said,
“I freely all forgive;
This blood is for thy ransom paid;
I die that thou mayst live.”

Thus, while His death my sin displays
In all its blackest hue,
Such is the mystery of grace,
It seals my pardon too.

With pleasing grief and mournful joy,
My spirit is now filled;
That I should such a life destroy,
Yet live by him I killed.

John Newton

Finally, here is some good background on John Newton and his hymn.


Classic CCM for Good Friday: Christian Stephens – Song of the Cross

April 18, 2014

christian-stephens-frontOn Wednesday I shared about a favorite out-of-print CCM album which has many great songs for Holy Week.  Christian Stephens self-titled album from 1980.   I posted 2 songs from the album.  Today I’m posting another song from this album:  Song of the Cross.

Tracks 8 and 9 of the album form a trilogy of songs:

  • Song of the Cross, (track 8)
  • the Descent, and Arise  (track 9)

The songs are an imaginary dialogue between Jesus and the Father during the events of Good Friday and then they continue into Holy Saturday when Christ is in the tomb, and then capture the glory of Easter morning when the Father calls forth Jesus from the tomb.   It’s a very special set of songs which burned themselves on my mind and heart when I was a teenager.  I still get goosebumps and grow teary-eyed when I listen to it, even after all these years…

Here below for Good Friday is the Song of the Cross.  On Saturday evening I will post the Descent and Arise.

I hope these songs bless and encourage you as they have me.  They remind us of Christ’s obedience unto death and the Father’s perfect love that did not spare even His only beloved Son.  How wonderful that this is not just a creative lyric, but TRUTH.  May the Lord help us to adore Him this Good Friday as we remember His death to redeem us.

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Song of the Cross (Christian Stephens, 1980)

(The audio is sometimes slow to load.  Should there be any problem with the embedded audio, use this link.)

[S] = the Son, [F] = the Father

[S] Oh my Father, they nailed me to the tree
This seeming defeat is Your precious victory
Forgive them Father. They know not what they do
My stripes will heal them.
My blood will see them through.

[F] Dearest Child. If there had been some other way to bring man home
than for Your precious blood to atone for his guilt and sin,
You wouldn’t be there.

[S] O my Father, it is finished, my life is done
Your perfect love has helped me overcome
Oh let Your will be completed within me
And let my life be acceptable unto Thee.

[F] O my Son, Your life indeed was a beautiful song to me
A violin announcing perfect victory
Why can’t they see Your great love for me?

[S] O my Father, I cannot breathe again
I commit my soul into Your glorious hands.
Accept my death on behalf of all my friends
They may not see now, but they will understand in the end.

[F] Beloved One, I cannot help you now,
but just hold on my Son.
You will be with me in a while
And I will hold You close to me
You have set Your brothers free.

[S] O my God, if I had just one more breath
I’d tell them I love them again.
But I feel the sting of death.
It’s cold and hard.
And I feel so alone, but my hope is set on You
In three days I will be home.

[F] My dear child, can You still hear my voice, I’m calling You
I want You to know that I’m so in love with You, I’m in love with You…

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Note: the song posted is a digitized version of my original vinyl album.  There are some scratches, etc.  I believe the album is out of print, but if anyone knows of a CD or digital version available for purchase, I would love to know so I can link it here and ensure royalties go to the artist.


For Good Friday: 3 tracks from Max Lucado’s He Chose the Nails

April 18, 2014

He_Chose_Nails_CDEarlier in Lent I posted all the tracks from a now out-of-print and unavailable musical CD which was released to accompany Max Lucado’s devotional book He Chose the Nails in 2000.

I thought I’d highlight three of my favorite tracks here for Good Friday.

They include a spoken devotional by Max Lucado, a short instrumental “Requiem” and Wes King’s wonderful rendition of the Thread of Scarlet which still gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.  The total play time of these three tracks is about 8 minutes:

(If the playlist does not display or play correctly use these links:  Calvary, Requiem, Thread of Scarlet)


Hymns for Good Friday #3: Ah Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended

April 18, 2014

Thanks to the nice website of the Center for Church Music – SongsandHymns.org (which I linked earlier in Lent), a wonderful version of Ah Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended, written by Johann Heermann in 1630.

Hymn Details here.

Listen here (Mp3)

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast Thou offended,
That man to judge Thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by Thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

Who was the guilty- Who brought this upon Thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone Thee.
‘Twas I, Lord, Jesus, I it was denied Thee!
I crucified Thee.

For me, kind Jesus, was Thine incarnation,
Thy mortal sorrow, and Thy life’s oblation;
Thy death of anguish and Thy bitter passion,
For my salvation.

Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
The slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
For our atonement, while he nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.

Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay Thee,
I do adore Thee, and will ever pray Thee,
Think on Thy pity and Thy love unswerving,
Not my deserving.

http://www.songsandhymns.org/hymns/lyrics/ah-holy-jesus-how-hast-thou-offended


A Hymn for Good Friday #2: O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done

April 18, 2014

A wonderful hymn by Charles Wesley that is new to me…  I’m so thankful these are not mere words, but TRUTH.

O Love divine, what hast thou done!
The immortal God hath died for me!
The Father’s co-eternal Son
Bore all my sins upon the tree.
Th’immortal God for me hath died:
My Lord, my love, is crucified!

Is crucified for me and you,
To bring us rebels back to God.
Believe, believe the record true,
Ye all are bought with Jesus’ blood.
Pardon for all flows from His side:
My Lord, my love, is crucified!

Behold and love, ye that pass by,
The bleeding Prince of life and peace!
Come, sinners, see your Savior die,
And say, Was ever grief like His?
Come, feel with me His blood applied:
My Lord, my love, is crucified!

Then let us sit beneath His cross,
And gladly catch the healing stream:
All things for Him account but loss,
And give up all our hearts to Him:
Of nothing think or speak beside,
My Lord, my love, is crucified!


A Good Friday Hymn #1: Alas and Did my Savior Bleed

April 18, 2014

Thanks to Ann Voskamp and her wonderful Holy Week devotional a few days ago at her blog a Holy Experience,

I discovered a truly stunning, wonderful version of the hymn Alas and did my Savior Bleed (At the Cross).

This rendition of the hymn is by Red Mountain Music / Red Mountain Church, whose music I first discovered a few weeks ago.  It’s available at RedMountain’s bandcamp site or at iTunes, from Red Mountain’s 2010 album All Things New.

Here are the lyrics, from the CyberHymnal:

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For sinners such as I?
[originally, For such a worm as I?]

Refrain

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine—
And bathed in its own blood—
While the firm mark of wrath divine,
His Soul in anguish stood.

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature’s sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
’Tis all that I can do.


Classic CCM Songs for Holy Week: Many Years Ago (Mickey & Becki Moore)

April 17, 2014

Note: this song is ALSO appropriate for an Easter playlist since it includes mention of the resurrection.

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Yesterday I wrote about my love of certain classic CCM songs and albums from the 1970s and early 80s, and how good it is to increasingly find much of it available online.  A very surprising album to find online a few months ago was Mickey and Becki Moore’s Everything is Under Control (Wo Wo), from 1976.   I heard them in concert in my hometown in NJ twice while I was in high school.  As they produced most of their albums independently, it was a wonderful surprise to find most on iTunes.

One of their songs, Many Years Ago is among my favorite songs for Holy Week.  Another song of theirs I recommend for Holy Week is Was it for Nothing

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Here is Many Years Ago:

(There should be an embedded audio file and play arrow above, but WordPress has not always been displaying embedded music correctly lately.  If it does not show up, click this link, but please respect the copyright and purchase the song if you intend to keep it.)

Many years ago, so the story goes there lived a simple man.
He was a carpenter by trade,
though the best things that He made were never found in wood.
They would find Him at His work in the morning in the dark before the sun arose, before the sun arose.

So many years ago, so the story goes, there lived a good man.
They say His words were made of gold and His arms were made to hold the sorrows of the world.
That there was something in His eyes that was like unto the skies before the sun arose, before the sun arose.

So many years ago, so the story goes, there lived a great man.
They say He walked upon the sea and He taught man to be free, to love their fellow man.
And He spoke unto their lives and He opened up their eyes before the sun arose, before the sun arose.

But they didn’t like the carpenter, and they said He was no good.
So they took Him out one cold Friday, and they nailed Him to His wood.
And they said “come down ye carpenter,” and they laughed and mocked His name.
But He only shook His head at them, for He loved them just the same.
Then the sun went behind the cloud, and lightning filled the air, and a voice cried within the crowd “was a god really there?”

Many years ago, so the story goes there lived a simple man.
He was a carpenter by trade, though the best things that He made were never found in wood.
They would find him at his work in the morning in the dark before the sun arose.
And the Son arose, and the Son arose.

– Mickey and Becki Moore, 1976. From the album Everything is Under Control.

(You can get all of Mickey & Becki’s albums from their website.  Also, 4 of their albums are available at iTunes.)


Lent Music: Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast

April 10, 2014

There seems to be a bit of a theme developing in my Lent music listening and posting here at Lent & Beyond.  I am finding myself very drawn to “old hymns made new” (to borrow from the title of a great Scott Wesley Brown album of a number of years ago…!)

Recently at Vicar’s Versicles, James Gibson posted a lovely arrangement of a hymn by John Wesley which I’d never heard before:  Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast.   I really enjoyed it.

It would make a good song for a contemporary Good Friday worship service. The version below is performed by Jon Yerby and the band from The Journey in St. Louis, MO.  (www.journeyon.net).  It’s available at iTunes.

Here are the lyrics, including some additional verses from the original hymn not included in this recording.

Come, sinners, to the Gospel feast;
Let every soul be Jesus’ guest.
Ye need not one be left behind,
For God hath bid all humankind.

Sent by my Lord, on you I call;
The invitation is to all.
Come, all the world! Come, sinner, thou!
All things in Christ are ready now.

Come, all ye souls by sin oppressed,
Ye restless wanderers after rest;
Ye poor, and maimed, and sick, and blind,
In Christ a hearty welcome find.

[Come, and partake the Gospel feast;
Be saved from sin; in Jesus rest;
O taste the goodness of your God,
And eat His flesh, and drink His blood!

You vagrant souls, on you I call;
(O that my voice could reach you all!)
You all may now be justified,
You all may live, for Christ hath died.

My message as from God receive;
Ye all may come to Christ and live.
O let His love your hearts constrain,
Nor permit Him to die in vain.]

His love is mighty to compel;
His conquering love consent to feel,
Yield to His love’s resistless power,
And fight against your God no more.

See Him set forth before your eyes,
That precious, bleeding Sacrifice!
His offered benefits embrace,
And freely now be saved by grace.

This is the time, no more delay!
This is the Lord’s accepted day.
Come thou, this moment, at His call,
And live for Him who died for all.

There are additional verses included at the Cyber Hymnal


Free Music for Holy Week / Good Friday: Hillsong Live – Calvary

April 9, 2014

Worship Together.Com is offering yet another Free Song this week, this time a song that’s focused on Holy Week / Good Friday.  It’s by Hillsong Live, and called Calvary.  (The song is also available at the Hillsong Live site.)

This song is NOT AVAILABLE for purchase anywhere – it will be released on Hillsong Live’s next album, due out in July.  This free version is a special pre-release acoustic version.

I’m so glad I found this.  It’s a powerful song, and I appreciate the acoustic version which brings out the strength of the words

Calvary

by Jonas Myrin , Reuben Morgan

Verse 1
The Saviour  alone carried the cross
For all of my  debts He paid the cost
Salvation complete, now forever I’m free
Calvary covers it all

Chorus
Calvary covers it all
My sin and shame don’t count anymore
All praise to the One who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all

Verse 2
No power on earth, not even the grave
can separate us from mercy and grace
He is faithful to save oh, his blood never fails
Calvary covers it all

Bridge
No one but Jesus
Can make us pure as snow
We stand in Your freedom
Calvary covers it all


Music for Lent & Holy Week: Chris Tomlin – At the Cross (Love Ran Red) [Brand New!]

April 7, 2014

The excellent worship resource site, Worship Together, is currently featuring a brand new song by Chris Tomlin, which he sang at the Passion 2014 conference – it’s a great modern hymn / worship song for Holy Week & Good Friday.

It’s At the Cross (Love Ran Red)

(Clicking on the link will give you access to free streaming of this song, and members of the site can get a free Lead Sheet with the chords).  This song is not yet available for purchase anywhere.  I believe it’s due to be released on the new Passion album on April 29.

Verse 1
There’s a place where mercy  reigns
And never dies
There’s a place where streams of grace
Flow deep and  wide
Where all the love I’ve ever found
Comes like a flood, comes flowing down

Chorus
At the cross, at the cross
I surrender my life
I’m in awe of You
I’m in awe of You
Where Your love ran red
And my sin washed white
I owe all to You
I owe all to You, Jesus

Verse 2
There’s a place where sin and shame
Are powerless
And there my heart has peace with God
And forgiveness
Where all the love I’ve ever found
Comes like a flood, comes flowing down

Bridge
Here my hope is found
Here on holy ground
Here I bow down
Here  I bow down
Here arms open wide
Here You save my life
Here I bow down
Here I bow down

— by Chris Tomlin , Matt Redman , Jonas Myrin , Matt Armstrong , Ed Cash

The Worship Together site also has more free lead sheets for Easter songs by contemporary artists.


Updated Compilation of Good Friday Devotionals, Prayers, Quotes…

March 28, 2014

I’ve updated our  Compilation of Good Friday Quotes, Poems, Hymns & Prayers

which I first put together early in Lent 2012.  It now contains links to all our Good Friday posts from 2006 – 2013.  Lots of great devotionals, music, art, poetry, prayers…

All our Good Friday entries can be found here.

All our Holy Week entries are here.

 


Updated Music Links from prior years’ devotionals

March 18, 2014

I’m in the process of updating music links in various posts from prior years (especially our 2012 Holy Week devotional series)

Updated music links include:

Dan Schutte:  Behold the Wood.

John Michael Talbot:  Prayer Before the Cross.

both from this Good Friday devotional.

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Michael Card:  Lift Up the Suffering Symbol

from this Good Friday devotional

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By His Wounds (Brian Littrell, Mac Powell, Mark Hall & Steven Curtis Chapman, from the 2007 album Glory Revealed, iTunes link)

Stricken Smitten and Afflicted (Fernando Ortega, from his 2005 Album Beginnings, iTunes link)


both from this Maundy Thursday / Good Friday devotional

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Gethsemane (To See the King of Heaven Fall) –  (by Stuart Townend, Keith & Kristyn Getty, from the albun Have You Heard by Stuart Townend. 2008 )

From this Mandy Thursday devotional.

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The Sacrifice Lamb (by Lamb, from their 1995 album Lamb Favorites)

from this Maundy Thursday devotional post

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Create in Me A Clean Heart.  (John Michael Talbot and Terry Talbot, from their 1980 album, The Painter, iTunes link)

from this Ash Wednesday Devotional

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More updated links coming soon….


CRUCIFIED

April 6, 2012

*music links verified and updated 2014*

[a repost of a 2009 entry]

Crucified

art credit:  Matthias Grunewald, The Crucifixion

2 Cor 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Gal 3:13
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”

1 Pet 2:22-24
“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

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Listen: Behold the Wood  (Dan Schutte, from the album Here I Am, iTunes link)

Listen: Prayer before the Cross (John Michael Talbot, from Troubadour of the Great King, 1982. iTunes link)

 

(There should be a playlist above, but sometimes WordPress has been balky with embedded audio.  Should the songs not play correctly, try these links: Behold the Wood; Prayer Before the Cross.  But please respect copyrights and purchase the songs if you plan to keep them.)

 


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