Son of God
Suddenly, from his old school days, came the words of the hymn he'd been forced to learn for an end of term service.
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
Save in the cross of Christ, my God.
All the vain things that charm me most
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingling down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were an offering far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
Jesus, my Saviour, Lord, I give
To You my soul, my life, my all.
As Pete sang the final sentence, he sank from the kneeling position he had been in to lay prostrate on the ground, eyes closed, in total surrender to the one he had just witnessed giving everything He had for him. He didn't hear Jesus come up behind Him, but felt one hand on His head, another on his back, and something like warm oil seemed to flow slowly from those places and right through his body.
After a few seconds luxuriating in the sensation, Pete opened his eyes and discovered he was no longer on the hill of Calvary, but back in the beautiful meadow in front of the still open city gates. Jesus was sitting beside him, and, unable to get up, Pete managed to roll over onto his side. At once, Jesus lay alongside him, pulling Pete's head onto His chest, and Pete felt His strong arms wrap around him.
The day before, as a red-
Pete had no idea how long he lay in Jesus's arms with his eyes closed; but as he did he knew that this was the reason he had been born. This was the One who would kiss everything better in his life. This was the One whose protection was invincible.
Then he heard singing very close and opened his eyes. To his amazement, many of the angels he had previously seen lining the pathway of Jesus as He left heaven, were now in a circle around him. Right in his eye-