Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Exchange

Here's an interesting true story:

When David Livingston, a Scottish missionary to Africa hadn’t been heard of for some time, the New York Herald sent Charles Stanley (credited with the phrase, “Dr. Livingston, I presume”) to go and look for him. During this journey he and his company encountered a warlike African tribe. He was encouraged to enter into a blood covenant with the Chief of that tribe in exchange for safe passage.

They both used 'substitutes' to stand in for them. They cut their skin, mingled the blood of both substitutes, and rubbed gun powder in the wounds to leave a visible scar.

Then the Chief wanted the goat that belonged to Charles Stanley, as a gift. Charles didn’t want to give up the goat, since it provided milk for the company, but he reluctantly did so.
In exchange, the Chief gave them a 7 foot Staff wound in copper. Charles thought he’d been short changed, but accepted the gift.

He soon realized that everywhere he traveled carrying that staff, everyone bowed down to them and gave them food and supplies for their journey.

Then he found out that the Staff reflected the Chiefs’ authority in the region!

In the same way, Jesus exchanged His righteousness for our sin, and we can now walk in His authority!

“God made him who had no sin, to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

Happy Easter Everyone!


Friday, April 10, 2009

There Is A Redeemer

Keith Green's music was one of the first I listened to after I got saved in 1978. This song is still one of my favorites, and appropriate for this weekend and indeed for all our lives. This song was recorded just before he died. I love it, it moves me...I hope it moves you too!

This is in memory of my favorite Auntie, Tante Rita, who passed away this last week. She was a published writer and poet, and an inspiration to many. May God hold her deep in His arms as she beholds His glory!

Thank God for Christ's sacrifice!