My Two Front Teeth
What Child is This?
And here is one of the songs from my son's High School Band Concert. You can view more on the same YouTube channel.
And one of my daughter's songs from the Middle School Band.
- Sin means we were doomed to die. But Jesus died to give us eternal life. “[He] died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him” (1 Thessalonians 5:10).
- Sin means we were cursed. But Jesus became cursed to make us blessed. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13).
- Sin means we were shamed. But Jesus endured the shame of the cross to give us honor. “He has now reconciled [you] in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him” (Colossians 1:22).
- Sin means we were guilty. But Jesus was condemned and punished so we could be declared not guilty, “canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14).
- Sin means we were enemies of God and deserving of his anger. But Jesus deflected that wrath onto himself to give us God’s favor. “While we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son” (Romans 5:10).
- Sin means we were shut out from fellowship with God. But Jesus died alone on the cross so we might never be lonely again. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
- Sin means we had no hope of lasting happiness. But Jesus suffered sadness to give us eternal joy. “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:4).
Dear soul, thou art now going to heaven. To quicken they desires, put it into these notions that are most suitable to thy condition.
To the weary it is rest.
For the righteous man is taken away from calamity; he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness. (Isaiah 57:1-2, ESV)
And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” (Revelation 14:13)
To the banished it is home.
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, (2 Corinthians 5:6)
To the reproached it is glory.
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:2, ESV)
To the molested and captived with corruption it is the glorious liberty of the sons of God.
that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:21, ESV)
To the resister to blood it is conquest.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37, ESV)
To the vexed with sin and sorrow it is the extinction of both.
To the hungry soul it is the hidden manna.
To the thirsty it is rivers of pleasure, water of life, fountain of life.
They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light. (Psalm 36:8-9, ESV)
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. (Revelation 22:17, ESV)
To the grieved soul it is fullness of joy, and to the sorrowful heart it is pleasures forevermore.
For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; (Psalm 116:8)
In a word, to them that have lain upon the dunghill here and kept their integrity it is a throne upon which they shall sit and reign with Christ forever and ever.
The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. (Revelation 3:21)
And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:5, ESV)
Dear heart, cheer up. A sharp* breakfast, but a blessed supper, the supper of the Lamb.