THE ANSWER Andy Hollifield 9-30-18
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Every now and then you run across a song that just makes you not only stop and listen, but hang on every word. I ran across one of those type of songs recently while attending the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tn. That night when the Perrys sung “Calvary Answers For Me” by author Joel Lindsey, you talk about the Spirit of God bearing witness to someone; he did. I don’t even know the name of the gentleman that sung it but I am convinced that he knew personally the one he was singing about. It’s not often, in a crowd of several thousand people, that the Holy Ghost comes down and has a one-on-one conversation with your soul. That was exactly what happened that night. Of every song that was sung, this one stuck with me.
The Lord had already blessed me when a man with The Mark Trammel Quartet sung “How Great Thou Art.” I sat there and thought how blessed I was because the only reason I was even there was because of my son’s love of gospel music. Twenty-two years old and he wants to spend a Friday night with his parents listening to gospel music. I am blessed. I don’t have to wonder where he is or what he is into because he is always with us. I guess I was already ripe for the picking because of getting to spend three days this week with my son on mission trips. By the time I got to the singing, I had already pondered my blessings all week long. God is great and he has infinite wisdom that he uses to meet the needs of our life and especially of our soul.
Getting back to the first song, I want to share the lyrics with you. They go as follows: Satan just cowers, to think of the power he lost, when the cross had its day. Gone are the mornings, when fear without warning, would win and again have its way. Now when Satan reminds me of things I regret, I bring up Calvary lest he forgets:
Chorus: High on the mountain of sorrow and shame, grace signed my pardon as Christ took the blame. When I’m called to answer for my history, Calvary answers for me.
I am now under, the beautiful wonder of grace, that erased all my past. I feel the heartbeat of mercy inside me, and now I have found joy at last. I live in freedom that chains cannot bind, and I won’t look back at what I’ve left behind.
The chorus then repeats. When I think of some of the things I have done that weren’t pleasing to the Lord, there just isn’t words to describe how much I love the Lord and how thankful I am for his forgiveness. Sometimes we have to be reminded of our past in order to appreciate our present and look forward to our future. That freedom we now have from the guilt of our sins. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He loved us although he knew all the times we would sin against him and fail to do his will. He knew that but loved us anyway. He did sign our pardon and took our blame.
There is really not a lot I can say except to just tell what Jesus did for me. I have a good idea where I would have been had the Lord not saved me when I was young. I believe it was D.L. Moody that was asked if it bothered him when people talked about him. His answer was that he knew worse on himself than anything that had been said about him. I thought that was a great answer. I know what God saved as far as my soul is concerned. He got the short end of the deal when he saved me and did it knowing he was beating himself. There is no way I could have ever been worth what it cost him to save my soul; the life of his only begotten Son.
I didn’t really know what to title this article but looking back after writing it, I think I got it exactly right. Jesus is not “an” answer, he is “the” answer. The answer for whatever is wrong in your life. I am thankful that “Calvary Answers For Me.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!