Please watch this story. It’s so familiar we easily miss the fact that it is the epic event of human history…and it can change everything about how we live.
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” I Corinthians 15:3-4, ESV
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8, ESV
“He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” I Peter 2:22-25, ESV
Imagine that you or I had to figure out how to save the world, defeat Satan and rescue us humans from death into eternal life. I doubt our plan would have been like God’s. Would we have thought to sacrifice our only child? Would we have chosen to die for others?
What God went through to gain our abundant and eternal life shows that facing intense difficulties, trials and tribulations is a central part of how we must discover God’s good in our fallen world. Jesus faced the ultimate blitz with faith, courage and a focus on blessing others. Do you have those traits? Faith, courage and a focus on blessing others.
Jesus faced the ultimate blitz with faith, courage and a focus on blessing others. Do you have those traits?
Meditate on these verses today and this week. Enter a dialogue with God this week. Ask Him to show you what He desires for you.
Ask Him to help you do the following:
• To believe and confess Jesus as your only hope for salvation and life.
• To surrender control of your life to Jesus…health, relationships, career…identity, dreams, possessions…secrets, sins and addictions.
• To face the reality that trouble will come and God will meet us there.
• To drop your complaining and pessimism and ask Jesus for His perseverance and confidence to face whatever circumstance and blitzes come your way?
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