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  • New transMission CD - Marty's Journal; Entry #2: Shout Hosanna (or A Lesson On The 6th Doctrine of The Salvation Army)

    Thursday, 9/27/12

    Doctrine #6

    We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has by His suffering and death made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will may be saved.

    Salvation. It's our middle name.  The SALVATION Army.

    This is no small thing.

    Well-known songbirds Shane & Shane have a great song that says: "When I think about the Lord, how he saved me… it makes me want to shout!"  It's such an amazing thought, isn't it?  I'm positive that each of us remember the moment when we knew that we were rescued out of the pit of the miry clay, our feet planted on a rock (see Psalm 40).  In the blink of an eye, at one moment we were transformed into a new thing, a new creation.  And it wasn't an emotional thing.  It was real. "Behold, I am making all things new," says our Creator!  (Revelation 21:5) 

    And yet we have to know that our salvation, the rescue mission that God sent His son on over 2,000 years ago, was also no small thing.  In fact, it was even bigger.  While our salvation is a huge thing, the weight of the sacrifice that Christ made for us is infinitely more significant.  He took on all the sins of mankind.  ALL the sins.  Of ALL mankind.  HE became sin, He who knew no sin.

    Unthinkable?  To us, definitely.  But it wasn't unthinkable to God, the Father.  He knew that this outlandish plan was exactly what it would take to make us right with Him again.  Reconciled. Restored.  Ransomed.  Delivered.  MADE FREE!

    I don't know about you, but there have been plenty of times in my life, SINCE I gave Jesus control, when I was faced with struggle, embarrassment, trial, hardship, adversity and turmoil.  Ever lost a loved one?  Ever experienced unimaginable disaster?  Ever watched the pain on your spouse's face after you've been told the tiny, once-beating heart in her womb has failed? To put it mildly, life can really suck sometimes.  It's easy to sulk.  To mope.  To stare at our toes when we can finally muster the strength to stand up and walk.

    But you have to know this:  Jesus, in His faithfulness and fullness, came to save us from that.  Not to remove us from the muck of life, or to make our here-on-out existences pain and trial free.  Nope.  Read John 16:33.  Go ahead.

    "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world."

    Jesus said this AFTER telling his disciples that they'd basically wimp out and abandon him when things started taking a drastic turn for the worse.  Classic.

    But, wait… Did you catch that?

    "I have overcome… the… world."  He has come to SAVE us!

    Here's a little Old Testament look-back:  Remember Joshua?  He "fit" the battle of Jericho, walls crumbling in his rearview mirror, on his way out of town, remember?  After being placed in charge of the Children of Israel, he's told that in order to get into the Promised Land, they have to overcome one of the last things standing in their way - this stronghold called "Jericho."  Not to be stopped or outdone, Joshua places his faith in the Living God once again and follows some pretty outrageous instructions (not unlike "Hey Noah, build a massive boat out of gofer wood, big enough to take up two of every land creature.):

    1. March around the Jericho walls once a day.  
    2. Do this for six days.  
    3. On the seventh day, pick up the pace and march around the city walls seven times.  
    4. When you hear a trumpet blow, SHOUT AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS.

    The result?  The Lord removed the obstacle of Jericho from the path of the Children of Israel.  God had saved them.  BECAUSE THEY SHOUTED!!!

    Do you think they moped then?  Do you think they were sulking?  I should hope not.  If I could capture this image, it would be of all the thousands of Israelites jumping all over the place, with their heads lifted, uncontrollably cheering with joy.  Arms and hands in the air (think Rocky Balboa, here).  They still hadn't made it to the Promised Land, but they were hopeful.  They still had more of the journey ahead of them, but they were filled with more fuel in the salvation that God had provided them once again.

    Psalm 34:5 says, "Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame."

    This is a lot to simply say this:  LIFT YOUR EYES, HE IS COMING TO SAVE US; FIX YOUR EYES ON THE SAVIOR.

    Here are the lyrics to our first song, "Shout Hosanna" from our next album:

    Like a groom come to get his bride
    He is coming to make us right
    Reconciled by the Father's love
    He has shown He is enough

    Welcome Lord, have Your way
    We crown You with our praises

    Shout Hosanna!  Sing Hosanna! 
    Lift your eyes, He is coming to save us
    Shout Hosanna!  Sing Hosanna!
    Fix your eyes on the Savior

    We were captive to our sin
    Destroying darkness, light flooded in
    We've been ransomed, delivered, made free
    And now we celebrate in victory

    By Your might we are saved
    So we crown You with our praises

    Shout unto God with a voice of triumph
    Shout unto God with a voice of praise

    Coincidentally, "Hosanna" in Hebrew, literally means "Save, Rescue."  Hmm...

    Lift your eyes.