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From: "Forthright Magazine" <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Sun, 07 Feb 2010 07:16:06 -0200
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Straight to the Cross

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COLUMN: COMMUNION MEDITATION

At the Cross
  by Jeff A. Jenkins

  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!

These words were first published by Isaac Watts in
1707. Isaac Watts has been called the "Father of
English Hymnody." It was said of him, "He displayed a
propensity for rhyme at home, driving his parents to
the point of distraction on many occasions with his
verse."

In these words he draws us all back to the cross.

The cross of our Lord can be both concealing and
revealing. Mark informs us that while our Lord was
hanging on the cross that darkness covered the earth
for three hours (Mark 15:33).  Because he bore "the sin
of many" (Isaiah 53:12) on that tree, the Father turned
his eyes away from his Son (Mark 15:34).

When all the sins of the all the world were focused on
the cross, the God of Heaven could not look at it. The
cross is where sin was concealed so that the light
could be revealed. If we continue to walk in that
light, just as he is in that light we will have
fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus will
cleanse us of all sin (1 John 1:7).

Jesus came into the world to bring light into a world
of darkness (John 1:5). When we walk to the foot of the
cross, we will best see the light. When we kneel at the
foot of the cross our burdens are all rolled away. It
is at the cross where faith becomes sight. When we see
the light, when our burdens are rolled away and when
faith becomes sight, we will be happy all the day.

Dear Father, as we gather together at the foot of the
cross help us to clearly see the light, help us to know
that our burdens are rolled away, help our faith become
sight, and help us to be happy all the day.

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