The Gaither vocal band sings a song that says:
'It was a life filled with aimless desperation, without hope walked the shell of a man; then a hand with a nail print stretched downward - Just one touch then a new life began.” The second verse reads:
“Barren walls echoed harshness and anger, little faces ran in terror to hide; now those walls ring with love, warmth and laughter, since the giver of life moved inside.”But it is the chorus of the song that tells it all. It reads:
“And the old rugged cross made the difference in a life bound for heartache and defeat; I will praise Him forever and ever for the cross made the difference for me.” (From the song “The old rugged cross made the difference”)Ernie Haase and signature sound confirms what Jesus did in the song “He made a change” The chorus reads:
He made a change in the way that I'm walking
He made a change in the way that I'm talking
old things pass away behold everything’s new
He made a change in the life that I'm living
born again set free finally forgiven
if He can make a change in me He can make a change in you
Yes, it is easy to point a finger, easy to judge and condemn but let us not forget: The old rugged cross made the difference and because of God’s grace which stems from God’s eternal and unfailing love we are different. It is not because of our own doing but simply because of Him, because of Jesus whose blood flowed on a hill called Calvary that we are different.
But this difference also comes with responsibility. Yes, you and I have the responsibility to bring Jesus Christ to a sick and dying world.
It is said that a mother once approached Napoleon seeking a pardon for her son. The emperor replied that the young man had committed a certain offense twice and justice demanded death. "But I don't ask for justice," the mother explained. "I plead for mercy.”
"But your son does not deserve mercy," Napoleon replied. "Sir," the woman cried, "it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask for."
"Well, then," the emperor said, "I will have mercy." And he spared the woman's son.
Today, I pray that we will accept God’s mercy and that you and I will be able to show mercy to those who have sinned against us, those who have sinned against our families and even those who sinned against our country. Let us forgive, as Jesus forgave and let us be the light for the World, the salt for the Earth. (Read Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 5:13 and 14)
Remember, without the loving grace of God, you too could have been the one others are pointing fingers at. So, "Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all people.” (Mark 16:15)