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From Life to Death [Advent: Day 9]

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irpoeBG1DAE

Yes, I hope you watched this clip beginning to end, and I might judge you a little if you didn’t at least shed a little tear :). It is just awesome when pop culture gets it right and “The Voice” is one of those shows. Craig Wayne Boyd has been my favorite almost since the beginning. There is just something about his voice that is full of meaning. Something to be celebrated. Add to that his humility and I believe we have a winner. 

But I digress. Lets look at the lyrics to this song,

On a hill far away stood an Old Rugged Cross
The emblem of suffering and shame
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain

So I’ll cherish the Old Rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
And I will cling to the Old Rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

To the Old Rugged Cross, I will ever be true
It’s shame and reproach, gladly bear
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away
Where His glory forever I’ll share

And I’ll cherish the Old Rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
And I will cling to the Old Rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

Yeah, I will cling to the Old Rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

We have been talking about advent. A season of waiting in hopeful expectancy of the birth of Christ. But you can’t think about the birth of Christ without considering the death he bore on the cross. I love everything about this hymn. It points our attention to the most significant event in human history in a beautiful way. A way we can celebrate and meditate on that points to communion. Christ giving up His body and blood for us.

John 3:16 could likely be the most quoted and yet most taken for granted verse in the Bible, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” I know I have said that verse with it’s significance lost on me. I’ll be honest, I broke down during tonight’s performance. And not because Craig Wayne Boyd has an incredible voice (which he does), but because this song has such a deep meaning.

Today, consider not only Jesus’s birth, but also his life and death. He was born in a manger with humble beginnings in a little town called Bethlehem. he lived 30 years largely undocumented and spent his last three leading the greatest ministry we will ever know. This all lead to His death on the cross for you and for me.

It’s an understatement that we should cherish that Old Rugged Cross. We owe our lives on earth and eternity to it. That is something we can all be grateful for.

I’m curious to know what God is speaking to you in the season of Advent. I know we are all in different places in life. Some of us on the mountain top and some in the valley. I know this can be a dreaded time for some and yet others are celebrating victories. To all of us, lets remember the birth, the life and the death of Jesus. He is the victory and that is the greatest of news.

How are you all doing?

Day 1: One True Hope

Day 2: Waiting With Joy

Day 3: Hope Through The Storm

Day 4: The King Is Among Us

Day 5 : Praise To The King

Day 6: Be Still And Know

Day 7 : Christ Our Redeemer

Day 8 : Stepping Out in Faith