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The Life—The Sacrifice of Surrender (4 of 5)
Series: The Things Jesus TOOK
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Matthew 26: 26-28
November 1. 2009
1. The Picture of His Death is Visualized!
A) The Meaning that Demands our Respect
1) His Human Body that was Shattered
2) His Heavenly Blood that was Shed
B) The Message that Deserves our Remembrance
2. The Procedure of His Death is Emphasized!
A) A Savage Death
B) A Submissive Death
C) A Sacrificial Death
3. The Purpose of His Death is Finalized!
A) Man's Undeniable Guilt
B) God's Undeserved Grace
In the Western section of London is a cemetery known as Bun hill Field. For many years, Bun hill Field has been considered to be the Westminster Abbey of Christianity. It was a dissenter's cemetery. That is, if one was not a part of the Church of England, in those days, then they could not be buried in a Church cemetery. Thus, many "dissenters" from the Church were buried in what was known as "No Man's Field," known today as Bun hill Field.
As you journey through the cemetery you come across the graves of Susannah Wesley, the mother of John and Charles Wesley. There is the grave of John Bunyan, the man who wrote "Pilgrim's Progress." There is the grave of William Dafoe, the author of the classic, "Robinson Crusoe." There are also the graves of John Gill, John Owen and John Rippon, some of the greatest Puritan preachers of that day.
However, near the far eastern corner of the cemetery lies a grave of a man named Isaac Watts. Isaac Watts almost single-handedly revolutionalized congregational singing. It was from his pen we have the favorite:
"At the Cross, At the Cross;
Where I first saw the light,
And, the burden of my heart rolled away.
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And, now I am happy all the day!"
It was also from the pen of Isaac Watts that we received, what many have called, including Charles Spurgeon, the "most perfect hymn ever written," contained in the words:
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