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Memorial
Along the busy highway 
there stood a tiny cross
a reminder of an awful day
when someone’s life was lost
Placed there by some broken heart
a friend or family member
its standing serves another part
saying “slow down and remember.”

And outside old Jerusalem
still a cross the world can see
to slow us down to remember when
Christ died to set man free
What happened there, no accident
yet in every way was awful
And Jesus Christ there gladly went 
but what men did was,  unlawful

And it indeed was scandalous 
what happened on that day
and yet God's work magnanimous 
declaring Christ, the only way- id



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Using someone’s credit card without their permission is serious, banking fraud and is stealing. Imagine if someone was splurging and having a fling at your expense. Someone said, Grace is God's Riches at Christ's Expense. It is but Grace is so much more than having access to God’s credit card however. Some like to describe Grace as “unmerited favor,” which is redundant. A favor is not merited, or it is no favor at all.  Grace is the energy of God working in you (or for you) both to will and to do his good pleasure.  The angel told Mary, “fear not Mary, for thou hast found favor with God.” When she was startled by the prediction of a coming conception and birth of the Messiah through her, the angel explained it as the Holy Ghost (God) coming upon you and the power of the Highest overshadowing you. That is what Grace is: power, God power.  Like the gravitational pull of the moon on the tide, or the pull or attraction of the flower’s petal by the Sun. Like the wooing, or drawing of the prodigal to go home.  It’s grace at work.
It is true that Christ paid for our sin and the sin of the world.  It is true that we enjoy God’s riches at Christ’s expense.  But salvation is not carte blanche or a gift card for a shopping spree. Christ not only paid all we owe, he purchased us with his blood and we are no longer our own. We were bought with a price.
Looking at the stone rolled away from the empty tomb reminded me of the Master Card many people carry and use every day. I would to God that they realized what Christ accomplished and the great work that was done on the Cross.  I was also struck with the word Master as I looked at what appeared to be a stone rolled away from an empty tomb. He is Master and Lord. Mary, after hearing of God's plans for her responded, "Be it unto me according to thy word."

1 Cor. 16:20 For  ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Does being a Christian make you a better person? If it doesn’t, what’s the point. Some Bible scholar says, becoming a Christian “saves” us. To which I reply, “Yes, saves us for what?” If we are no good here, what makes you think you will be any good there? Jesus saved us for good. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven. While I am still under construction, becoming a Christian has made me a better person. It has not made me better than you. That’s not the point or purpose; however, it has made me better than me..


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