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As Long As I Have Jesus (LIVE) | Nick Russo

Here is a live piano version of song written several years ago that really helped me find joy and peace in the Lord during a difficult season of life. I hope it blesses you!

VERSE 1:

There is only One so true His love it never moves

He is my Rock and my Refuge

Faithful as the morning sun To Him I can always run

His mercy has never tasted so new

PRE-CHORUS (1):

When I walk through the fire and the shadow

I must be still long enough to know

Great is His faithfulness, for He is with me to the end

The Rightful Heir of all my hope

VERSE 2:

No good thing will He withhold from those who walk with Him

I will keep passing through this world is not my home

Though none come with me, still I will go

PRE-CHORUS (2):

They can take all their fortune and all their fame

All the empty pleasures and worthless gains

Mock me, despise me, hit me with everything

Still I will be blessing His name, Still I will be blessing His name

CHORUS:

As long as I have Jesus I have everything (Repeat)

BRIDGE:

I know His mercies will rise with the dawning light This living hope has never been so bright

All flesh is grass soon the pain will pass

I’m calling on His Name I’m running to His Name

Written By: Nick Russo | 2012 Revival Forge Music

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Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Learning HOW Christ came gives us further insight into learning WHY He came.

The Lord of all creation not only chose to take on our human flesh to save us from our sins, but He chose to be born in an out of the way town, into a humble family, and laid in a lowly manger. They had no room for Him at the local inn, so there He lay in swaddling clothes, the everlasting God becoming a servant of all. Though He was rich, He became poor, so that we could become truly rich.

So if the Holy and Anointed One could be born into a such an unworthy environment under such undesirable circumstances, then what could stop Him from coming alive in me? I may feel unworthy, like an unfit manger or an insignificant town, not prepared for a righteous king, but still He desires to yoke himself to the lowly, bind Himself to the weak, heal the broken, wash the dirty, redeem the indebted, set free the captive and raise to life those who are dead. There is no one like Him.

Mary said, “My soul magnified the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of his servant…He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.”
— Luke 1:46-48, 52-53

So my question to you is, do you have room for Him? If not, what is keeping Him out? Pride? Shame? Fear? Pain? Bitterness? Let earth receive her King, and let every heart prepare Him room.

–Micah 5:2

–Luke 2:4-7

Christ, The Suffering Servant

The day we now call “Good Friday” refers to that unique moment in history where the Lord of all creation paid an excruciating price to save His creation from the horror of their own sin for the sake of love. As I think about this, I find myself asking the question:

Do I really understand this whole ‘Jesus died on a cross for my sins’ thing?

Many of Jesus’ disciples were expecting their Christ, whom they had given up everything to follow, to establish His physical kingdom and rule right then and there with them at His side (Luke 22:24; Acts 1:6), and they could never understand why He would tell them He had to die first. What kind of King is this who initiates His rule by dying on a cross? What kind of God is this who takes on our form, so that He could bleed for His rebellious creation?

“From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.” (Matt. 16:21)

The Scriptures clearly prophesy about the Messiah ruling and reigning from Jerusalem as as the earth’s eternal and righteous king (Isa. 9:6-7), but not even those who vigorously studied those prophecies recognized or understood that He would come first as a suffering servant (Isa. 42-53). You see, Jesus not only died for our sins, but He suffered for our sins. That changes things.

“Then Paul…explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead…” (Acts 17:2-3)

When you actually take time to research the brutality of a Roman crucifixion, you are left wondering why such price had to be paid. I mean, it’s one thing to take a bullet for someone, but to give yourself over to be horrifically crucified for someone else’s crimes? God could have came through Christ when capital punishment was quick and relatively humane, but instead He chose to come at a time when the death penalty involved tremendous suffering and humiliation. I feel that I speak for more than myself when I say that I all too often take the cross of Christ for granted. We have such a low view of sin, lacking true conviction for our crimes, that this whole cross thing doesn’t compute for us. If sin has so calloused and twisted the human condition that Jesus had to suffer a savage death in order to reverse the curse we invited on ourselves, then we better take it seriously.

Jesus was not only tormented physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. He experienced full on rejection, betrayal and mockery by the ones He loved, and ultimately He experienced the greatest punishment of all, the feeling of being abandoned by His Father (Matt. 27:46; Ps. 22:1). Though fully God, He chose to put on a full and true humanity so that He could suffer for you. The debt of our sins was so great that only God could pay it off, yet the transaction could not take place unless God took on our flesh to genuinely experience the punishment we deserve. All at once God in Himself felt what it was like to crush His only Son and be forsaken by His Father. His open wounds opened up the door for us that we could never open on our own, and He will forever be acquainted with our grief.

Though the final cause of death when being crucified was supposed to be suffocation, the blood and water that poured out of Jesus’ spear-pierced side revealed that heart failure was the actual cause of death in His situation (Jn. 19:34). His heart literally broke for you in hopes that one day you would look upon His sacrifice and believe in Him for salvation, knowing that you are loved by God.

Summary: God had to come in the flesh through Christ Jesus, so that He could justly redeem all who would believe in Him (Rom. 3:26). The One who brought redemption had to be God because only God could offer a sinless sacrifice and bare the full weight of punishment (2 Cor. 5:18-19). He had to become fully human because He had to actually shed blood in order to atone for our sins (1 Pet. 1:19; Heb. 2:9). Christ had to suffer 1) to fully pay for our sins that we might be reconciled with God 2) to sympathize with us and become our High Priest 3) to demonstrate His love and 4) to serve as an example for those who are persecuted or mistreated for the sake of doing the will of God.

…and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. (Heb. 9:22)

If Christ has won your heart, or if you want to know more about Him, then I implore you to find a local church to connect and celebrate with this Sunday.