OUR SINS HELD HIM ON THE CROSS

On Good Friday, we celebrate the death and the cross in history.
Blood streamed down his face. Massive thorns stuck to the head of their Maker. Groans of agony came from the mouth of him who spoke the world into being. The soldiers beat him. They flogged him. They tortured him.

As he inched through the streets of Jerusalem, his cross pressing into his lacerated back, many shuddered at him. The face of God, which Moses could not look at and live, could no longer even be recognized as human (Isaiah 52:14). Women hid their children from the bloody mass of flesh before them. Men taunted him. Soldiers clubbed him. Angels shrieked in horror.

Every prophecy about his suffering was being fulfilled. By judgment and oppression, he was taken away. His sheep scattered when their enemies struck him. One of his own sold him and betrayed him with a kiss. He found no rest as they beat him, spit on him, and mocked him through the night. In the morning, he gave his back to those who struck him, his cheeks to those who plucked his beard.

He stepped forward to Calvary as a lamb to the slaughter.

His Love Was Rated-R
I remember the first time I watched The Passion of the Christ fourteen years ago. The sight of Roman ninetails sinking their claws into his back seemed to pierce my soul with Mary’s (Luke 2:35). The blood. The screams. The anguish. I could never again thoughtlessly tell others that Christ died for them. The scene forbade cliché. It was grizzly, ghastly, gruesome — rated-R.

I rarely cry, but as I watched Jesus shed his blood all over the Roman courtyard, I could not help but weep. As they held the nails over his hands and feet — his mother watching him — every swing of the hammer pierced my heart. Only the heartless could watch unfeelingly. Has there ever been a more tragic scene?

I did not consider his wounds enough. I did not weep over his suffering as often as I felt I should have. But how does Jesus respond to me, and people like me, who take Good Friday to grieve over his unbearable sufferings? Two thousand years ago he said to those weeping for him that day, “Weep not for me; weep for yourselves.”

Silence on the Set
Of the many horrors of Calvary, one that was especially acute was the shame of it all (Hebrews 12:2). His was a public execution. The condemned usually were naked. To add to this, the prophecy reads, “All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads” (Psalm 22:7). It is one thing to suffer; another to do so before a whole nation as they ridicule you.

But mockery was not the only sound made on his behalf. A host of women trailed behind him, lamenting the expiring prophet. They followed Jesus’s drops of blood — as so many of us do today — with drops of tears.

But upon hearing their sobs, Jesus, battered and broken, turned his face towards them and spoke these gracious, yet shocking words: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children” (Luke 23:28).

This part of the passion didn’t make the movie.

On that first Good Friday, Jesus turned to his loudest sympathizers — those who are not cursing him, mocking him, but wailing on his behalf — and silenced them. He commands their tears escort him no further. He opts to press into the night without their mourning.

Weep Not for Me
Jesus did not need their tears two millennia ago, and as unpopular as it may be, Jesus does not need our tears today. And this fact owes to us seeing his passion through the eyes of faith.

Weep not for me, he said. As if to say,

I am saving my people. I have prayed, tender souls, and know my Father’s will concerning this cup — shall I not drink it (John 18:11)? My hands willingly grasp this wood because my food is to do my Father’s will (John 4:32, 34). And his will is glorious: he sent me to serve and give my life as a ransom for my people. My body is broken, and my blood is spilled for you (Luke 22:19–20). Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. Do not weep over the labor pains that give birth to your salvation and unshakable joy (John 16:20–22).

Weep not for me, as if to say,

I am not a helpless victim. I am a warrior-king with thousands of angels at my beck and call (Matthew 26:53). One word from me and this horror would end. One word from me and Rome would be destroyed. One word from me and all would be eternally condemned. But I was sent to save the world, not condemn it (John 3:17). Trust that no man — or army — can steal my life from me. I lay it down of my own accord, and I will take it up again (John 10:11–18).

Weep not for me, as if to say,

I am conquering. You see my heel being bruised and you mourn — but look through the eyes of faith and see the serpent’s skull trampled (Genesis 3:15). Although I walk as the Lamb, I conquer as the Lion — the predator, not the prey, will hang on the cross (Revelation 5:5–6). I am a King who shall rule the universe from a tree. And I shall make this cross my scepter. As they lift me up, I thrust my enemies under my feet as a footstool (Psalm 110:1). My triumphal entry is followed by a triumphal exit. Why should you weep over my hour of glorification (John 12:27–28)?

Weep not for me, as if to say,

Sunday is coming. I have said repeatedly that in three days I shall rise (Matthew 16:21; 17:22–23; 20:18–19). Although today is full of unutterable darkness, unimaginable pain, unthinkable terror, Sunday is coming. My Father’s perfect hand is crushing me, evil men are murdering me, my disciples have fled from me, but truly I tell you, Sunday is coming. Joy is set before me and empowers me to endure. A crown awaits me. An endless celebration awaits me. My blood-bought people await me. Eternal glory awaits me. My Father awaits me. Weep not for me.

Weep for Yourselves
Jesus does not stop their tears completely but redirects them: “Do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” God’s wrath will soon visit the people for their sin. The nation that rejected her Messiah — not Jesus — is to be pitied.

“Behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’” (Luke 23:29–30)

“Weep for yourselves,” as if to say,

I can bear my cup, but you cannot bear yours. Rome will kill your children before your own eyes. The beast you conspire with today will surround you tomorrow. Your anguish will be so severe that it is better to collect these tears in a bottle to save for that dreadful day.

My sufferings will end at death; yours may not. Many of you will cry for the mountains to cover you, but that can only spare you from the judgment of Rome — it cannot spare you from the judgment of God. The hounds of his justice do not stop at death. He is God of both the living and the dead (Acts 10:42). Vengeance is his; he will repay (Hebrews 10:30). And it is a fearful thing to fall unshielded into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31).

Weep for your sins. Gentle daughters, useless are the tears that fall on my behalf because of suffering but never fall because of sin. Many weep over my suffering, but not the sin which caused it. The horror you see before you is my becoming sin for my people and bearing the wrath they deserve, that they should have my righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). If you weep, better to weep over the lust that hammers the nail deeper, the lie that sticks a thorn in the brow, the cowardly duck that makes a gash upon me, the prideful strut that keeps me upon Calvary’s path.

It Was My Sin
I watched The Passion of the Christ each year for four years — being moved every time to tears — all while I was not truly born again. And I thought myself better for crying, as if my sins would be passed over if I had tears painted on my doorpost. It did not take a regenerate heart to weep over the sufferings of Jesus — our world is full of unbelievers who cry over sad things — but it did take a regenerate heart to mourn over what I rarely really mourned over: my sins (James 4:8–10).

And those who witnessed Jesus’s execution two thousand years ago didn’t see their sins in the cross either: “Who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?” (Isaiah 53:8). The horror stayed “over there,” while they remained innocent bystanders. They missed the point and beauty of the cross. They cried and cried, but had not love. Until we can truly sing, “It was my sin that held him there, until it was accomplished,” we weep for him in vain.

We should weep indeed at the foot of the cross, but not with pity. With faith. Those tears don’t dry up the Monday after Easter. Those tears mourn over the sin that nailed him there. Those tears sing over him as our conquering King. And those tears celebrate his death until he returns.

MUSIC: WE PROSPER – PRAISE2LIFE |@praise2life

winning Nigerian, Canadian based Gospel Artiste Praise2life has released a new song titled “WE PROSPER” a swing groovy song with a rich depth of the word of God.
Praise2life is a Singer,Songwriter and a musician, with a passion to share her love for God through music. She has three Albums to the glory of God, which got her an award as the best female Gospel artist (AEAWARDS) in Toronto,Canada 2013.
Traveling extensively in North America, her desire is to share her music with all believers worldwide, and her native country Nigeria.
Many of her songs are birthed in the place of prayer, which are like fire shut up in her bones.

This new song is a message to this generation to remember who we are in Christ, as we are the head and not the tail.
We are not meant to be conformed with the world cos we have the Light of Christ in us, We are the light of the world the city set upon the hill cannot be hid “Matt 5-14”. When we shine as God intended, we prosper and that is the covenant we have in Christ Jesus.

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Music: VICTORY DANCE – KELVIN iPRAISE | @KELVINiPRAISE

Fast rising Nigerian Gospel Artiste Kelvin iPraise as released another powerful hit song titled Victory Dance.
ThIS new track is sequel to his much-talked-about single ‘The Chosen One’ which was released in January.

This track assures of victory sought for, it also inspires listener to dance in view of an anticipated victory.

Meanwhile, the lyrics of the track is such that strikes in retrospect biblical king  David’s dance when the recovered Ark of the covenant was brought back to Jerusalem as recorded in 2Samuel chapter 6.

Unlike the debut single, Chosen One,  which has a slow raggea beat,  is patterned with a rather fast beat which is in consonance with its title, Victory Dance.

There is no gainsaying the fact that Kelvin iPraise is about taking his fans into a greater dimension of grace, as they proclaim victory worth leaping and dancing for like that of King David.

Victory dance is produced by Mr. Soul and it’s poised to give you a change of story.

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CHOSEN ONE

Music: SAGE and TWcrew ft HESSKING – Worthy [Prod by Sanmi Matthew] || @sageandtwcrew @iamhessking

Fast rising gospel group Sage and twcrew has released a new song titled WORTHY featuring HESSKING. This release is off the 2nd Episode of the 3rd Worship Devotional Series.
This song has a traditional African eulogy with a contemporary blend, it is another new dimensional move by Sage and Twcrew inspiring the world with the Gospel news through their worship devotional series. Worthy is song to strengthen our faith in the God who is worthy of Praises, our existence and our lifes as this music takes you on a journey where God is accurately depicted in words from the western part of Nigeria. Stay Blessed

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Connect with HESSKING @iamhessking.

Music: Efe Nathan – Halleluyah | @Efediva

International worship and music minister Efe Nathan has released a new song titled “Halleluyah” .
Efe Nathan is a spirit filled worshipper that will take you in to the depth of God in worship anytime any day, she has several powerful songs like “I Declare, Still within the flow, Nobody Like You and Great and Marvelous” that is trending all over.

Halleluyah is an heavenly downloaded song with a rocky touch of groove that take you down your kneels to worship

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Music: Laura Abios – I Know | @lauraabios

‘I Know‘ is a brand new epic single by Laura Abios. This song expresses our confident and believe in God. No matter how bad, worst or ugly your situation is, God is going to fix it. He is the master fixer just keep believing.

Re-affirm your confidence in God with this prophetic song by Laura Abios and see all Gods promises and your desires begin to manifest in your life.

God cares and always shows up on time. You are Empowered To Succeed.

Get ready for upgrade.

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I Know (Lyrics) – Laura Abios
I know you’ve some pains,

And you feeling so dismayed

Even the weight is on you.

So many issues and your bills are due,

You cried through the night all by yourself

But There is someone who really cares

If you understand that you can win

CHORUS

I know somehow,

I know someday

That my God will fix it for you,

You gonna make it

Repeat CHORUS

I know somehow,

I know someday

That my God will fix it for you,

You gonna make it (Yes.. Uh Uh Uh)

When you go through the fire

And you go through the storm

When your friends walk away,

Don’t give up

You’ve got the fight

You are coming Out Gold

You are coming Fresh

You are coming out Upgraded

You are Empowered to Succeed

There is someone who really cares

If you understand that you can win

Yeah

CHORUS

I know somehow,

I know someday

That my God will fix it for you,

You gonna make it

CHORUS

I know somehow, (It is a Season)

I know someday (My God will Do it)

That my God will fix it for you,

You gonna make it

CHORUS

I know somehow,

I know someday (Someday my God will do it)

That my God will fix it for you,

(Someday your story will change)

you gonna make it

(Don’t you give up the fight)

CHORUS

I know somehow, (Don’t You Throw in the Towel)

I know someday (Is not Over)

That my God will fix it for you,

you gonna make it

Weeping may endure for a night

But joy comes in the morning

You’re gonna make it

Yes you will x3

Wipe your tears

Rise up

Your Time is now

Stand up

Don’t give up

Because your change has come

Yeah

CHORUS

I know somehow (I Know)

I know someday

That my God will fix it for you (Yes I Know)

you gonna make it

(He has never Changed, He will never fail)

CHORUS

I know somehow (I Know my Father)

I know someday (I know the day is here)

That my God will fix it for you (You don’t need to give up)

You gonna make it

CHORUS

I know somehow (I know the day is here)

I know someday

(My God will Turn things around for your Good)

That my God will fix it for you (Your season has come)

You gonna make it

(Your season is here my child)

I know somehow, (I Know Him, I Know Him)

I know someday

He is more than Able

That my God will fix it for you (Just Believe)

You gonna make it

You are empowered to succeed

It’s your Season of Upgrade

Oh Go Higher and higher

Artist Profile:

Laura Abios, the “You Do Well Crooner is a Gospel Music Minister. She is a talented, prolific and a spirit filled soul singer who carries so much grace in her ministration and has ministered in various platforms and ministries across Nigeria and South Africa. She is also a powerful Praise & Worship leader. A Song writer, Voice Coach, Vocalist, expert in grooming Choirs and Soloists in various ministries.

She has trained and coached various choirs / choristers across various ministries in Nigeria; A member of FOGMMON. She holds a BA degree in Public Administration. Her songs are currently trending with several recognition and awards on MTN Music Plus. Her songs are also being regularly played in various radio and TV stations in Nigeria, Kenyan, South Africa, e.t.c.

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MUSIC VIDEO: GRACE – SOLOMON LANGE |@solomonlange and @mykephils

Nigerian Artiste Solomon Lange releases a brand new music video of is two songs “Grace” and ‘Victory’. The video was shot by Tokar McBaror.
Solomon Lange has been consistent with powerful heartfelt songs.

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Grace Lyrics by Solomon Lange

Amazing grace is the sweetest sound
That changed my life, I once was lost
But now I’m found,
Was blind but now I see
You took my shame, you took my pain
My Jesus gave me his name
Now I reign I reign with him
All my days I’ll give him my praise

Everywhere that I go
Everything that I do
All I see is grace
Grace grace grace
I see grace
Grace great grace
All I see is grace
Grace great grace

Amazing grace amazing grace
Is the story of my life
It’s not by power
It’s not by might
It’s by the spirit of the lord
It’s not by hard work
It’s not by skills
Divine help is what i enjoy
I am not afraid of tomorrow
I have grace great grace

The hand of Jehovah
Is at work in my life
The spirit of Yahweh
Is at work in my heart

Everywhere that I go
Everything that I do
All I see is grace
Everywhere that I go
Everything that I do
All I see is grace
Everywhere that I go
I see grace
Everything that I do
All I see is grace
Everywhere that I go
I see grace
Everything that I do
All I see is grace
I have help
I see grace
The help of God
All I see is grace
The grace of god is my advantage
I see grace
The grace of God is my advantage
All I see is grace
The weapons of our warfare are not canal
I see grace
They are mighty, they are mighty through God
All I see is grace
Great grace, all I see is grace
All I see is grace.

The grace of our lord Jesus Christ
The love of the father
And the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Abiding with us all the days of our lives and forever

HOW BILLY GRAHAM’S FUNERAL ERUPT A GREAT CRUSADE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Rev. Billy Graham’s children remembered “America’s Pastor” on Friday as a man devoted to spreading the Gospel, living his life at home as he preached it in stadiums, with a personable humility and an unwavering focus on the Bible. As his oldest son told the funeral congregation, “There weren’t two Billy Grahams.”

His adult children — all speakers or preachers in their own right — recalled being taught by their parents how to read Scripture aloud and deliver sermons, but also taking quiet walks with their father and feeling his embrace even when they made mistakes.

Franklin Graham, who delivered the main funeral message, said all of those qualities were part of the whole.

“The Billy Graham that the world saw on television, the Billy Graham that the world saw in the big stadiums, was the same Billy Graham that we saw at home. There weren’t two Billy Grahams,” he said. “He loved his family. He stood by us. He comforted us.”

Franklin Graham’s funeral message, which included a Gospel call to repentance and salvation, followed shorter remarks by his siblings in a service that lasted just over an hour before an invitation-only crowd of approximately 2,000.

“I believe, from Heaven’s perspective, that my father’s death is as significant as his life. And his life was very significant. But I think when he died, that was something very strategic from Heaven’s point of view,” said his daughter Anne Graham Lotz, later adding: “I believe God is saying: ‘Wake up church! Wake up world!’”

The congregation included President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their wives. Neither Pence nor Trump spoke during the service that was streamed live online, but they met privately with the family beforehand.

The funeral planning began a decade ago with Billy Graham himself. It also reflected his family’s desire to capture the feeling of the crusades that made him the world’s best-known Protestant preacher of his era. Graham, who died last week at age 99, brought a message of salvation to millions during visits and live broadcasts to scores of countries.

The funeral served as a Billy Graham crusade told through his children. Lotz read Scripture, inserting her name into the passages to make her relationship with God more personal and breaking it down intellectually, like her father. Youngest daughter Ruth told about how she sinned and didn’t listen to her father with a hasty marriage, but he was waiting for her with open arms when she realized her mistake.

And oldest son Franklin, now CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrapped up with his father’s central theme: that the only path to salvation is to accept Jesus Christ.

While Franklin Graham steered clear of politics during his message, the Trumps and Pences were the first guests he welcomed as he began.

And his invitation to be saved by Jesus contained this barb: “The world, with all of its political correctness, would want you to believe that there are many roads to God. It’s just not true.”

Like Graham’s famous crusades, the funeral featured singers who had shared his stage in years past: Linda McCrary-Fisher, Michael W. Smith and the Gaither Vocal Band.

The lineup of clergy and singers from as near as North Carolina and as far away as Asia, was racially diverse — moreso the mostly white audience.

Other notable guests included television host Kathie Lee Gifford, musician Ricky Skaggs, evangelist Rick Warren and politician Rudy Giuliani. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper attended, as did his predecessor Pat McCrory.

The funeral came at the end of more than a week of mourning that included crowds lining the road for a procession from Graham’s home in the mountains to Charlotte, where Graham grew up. Approximately 13,000 people — including former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — filed past his casket during a public viewing in Charlotte this week. And on Wednesday, Graham became the first private citizen since civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005 to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington.

Graham was being buried next to his wife in a memorial prayer garden at the library, with his grandchildren serving as pallbearers. His pine plywood casket was made by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. The grave marker reads: “Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Friday’s goodbye also emphasized the message that only Graham’s earthly journey has come to an end, a point underscored by Franklin Graham as he stood behind the same pulpit his father used in the 1990s.

Graham recalled one of his father’s frequent sayings that people shouldn’t believe it when they hear the famous evangelist had died: “He said: ‘I’ll be more alive than I am now. I’ll have just changed addresses, that’s all.’”

MUSIC: Reckless Love – Israel Houghton

International award winning (Multi Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award) Gospel Artiste Israel Houghton unveils a RECKLESS LOVE after the long waiting.

Lyrics
“Reckless Love”
(originally by Cory Asbury)

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You’ve been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You’ve been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You’ve been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me
You’ve been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

You keep chasing me down

There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me

There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me

There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah

I thank You, Lord
I thank You, Lord
I thank You, Lord

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