Saturday, April 04, 2015

Williams: The blood of Jesu's cross

Saturday, April 4, 2015
    Holy Saturday
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
    And who can speak of his descendants?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was stricken.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.
    —Isaiah 53:8-9 (NIV)
The blood of Jesu’s cross
    Was never shed in vain;
There is not any loss
    Of His most precious pain:
This is the great, the finished plan
To open heaven’s door for man.

Let all bow down and own
    The sacrificèd Lamb!
Among all titles known
    His is the greatest name:
Praise, laud, and blessing to our Lord,
Let Him be evermore adored!
    ... William Williams (1717-1791), Sweet Singers of Wales: a story of Welsh hymns and their authors, Howell Elvet Lewis, London: Religious Tract Society, 1889, p. 45 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 53:8-9; Matt. 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 1:29; Eph. 2:13; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 9:15; 10:19-20; 1 John 1:7; Rev. 5:12-13
Quiet time reflection:
    Praise to You, Lord Jesus!

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