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Golgotha: where they crucified him”   and obedient service. Let us determine
        (Joh 19:17-18). The Lord Jesus was laid   with the apostle Paul to live for Him,
        on the wood (the cross) and was bound   who gave Himself for us. “For the love of
        there with nails by His blessed hands   Christ constraineth us; because we thus
        and feet. The wood, in these instances,   judge, that if one died for all, then were all
        may represent the sin of mankind, which   dead:  And that he died for all, that they
        the Lord Jesus bore and paid its penalty,   which live should not henceforth live unto
        becoming our substitute and bearing the   themselves, but unto him which died for
        punishment our sins deserved. Peter   them, and rose again” (2Co 5:14-15).
        wrote, “Who his own self bare our sins   Let us do as the writer of the book of
        in his own body on the tree …” (1Pe 2:24).  Hebrews exhorts us, “By him therefore
          Just as the fire of the burnt offering was   let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God
        never to go out, you and I, as strangers,   continually, that is, the fruit of our lips
        have the responsibility and privilege of   giving thanks to his name” (Heb 13:15),
        keeping the fire going, as it were. Both in   and as Peter reminds us, we are “built up
        personal and public testimony, we have   a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to
        the responsibility of making known the   offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to
        only means of forgiveness and acceptance   God by Jesus Christ” (1Pe 2:5).
        with God through the once-for-all sacrifice   Through the riches of His grace,
        of the Lord Jesus. Peter reminds us, “But   Is born a chosen, holy race,
        ye are a chosen generation, a royal priest-  All His virtues to proclaim,
        hood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;
        that ye should shew forth the praises of   Raise sweet incense to His name.
        him who hath called you out of darkness   Holy temple to our God,
        into his marvellous light” (1Pe 2:9).   Purchased by His precious blood,
          Paul exhorted in the book of Romans   Ransomed souls throughout the earth,
        that we present our bodies a living sacri-  Born again of Heav’nly birth.
        fice, wholly acceptable to God (12:1). The
        sacrifice of the Lord Jesus should ever   Royal priests their off’rings bring
        be a reminder to us of God’s wondrous   Praises to their God and King;
        grace in redeeming us from the bondage   Rev’rently before His throne
        and penalty of sin and motivate us to live   All His holy claims they own.
        unto Him who died for us and rose again.
          There is not any mention of the hewers   In His saints thus glorified,
        of wood from the days of Joshua up to   Blood bought Church, His spotless bride,
        Nehemiah’s time. Perhaps this was a form   Shall the mighty Christ appear,
        of service that had been lost or actually   Day of glory drawing near.
        abandoned by God’s people. Perhaps, too,
        Nehemiah was seeking to encourage and   Let all the courts of Heaven ring,
        exhort a return to service and worship, to   All redeemed His virtues sing;
        return to the old paths.                Glory, honour, majesty,
          Dear beloved child of God, may we ever   To our God eternally. 2
        keep the fire burning, yielding ourselves
        in complete surrender to Christ in willing   2  Bernie Payne

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