The Greatest Gift

29 Aug

God’s Word: John 19

God’s message to me:

Have you ever had anyone step up and offer to take your punishment even thought you were clearly guilty and deserving of the punishment yourself? Jesus lived to die for you—to take your punishment for the disobedience of your life.  Once sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s choice, I knew mankind would never be able to rise above the sin-cycle on their own.  And since sin and I cannot co-exist–there was a chasm between Me and mankind.  Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I created mankind for fellowship with Me and in My likeness.  To be separated from you hurts me deeply because of My love for you.  Jesus willingly came to earth and died to spam that chasm created by the sin-cycle.  Through his sacrifice you can be justified—“just as if you’d never sinned.”  You and I are restored to fellowship because of His sacrifice.

John 19 shares the terrible ordeal of Jesus accusation and crucifixion.  His motivation was love for you—to bridge the chasm so you and I can be united—for both time and eternity.  My very Spirit dwells within the one who believes and desires to follow Jesus into my presence.  And because My Spirit is eternal—so is yours.  Jesus’ sacrifice—your greatest gift!  And that is the gift that keeps on giving—eternally.

God’s Question for me: What have you done with My gift?

God’s Promise to me:  It’s done. . . . .complete.  The price has been paid to purchase your salvation from the sin-cycle—forgiveness is freely offered in exchange for simple belief.

My prayer to God:

Adoration:  I am overwhelmed to consider the sacrifice that given on my behalf.  Redeemed!  How can I ever express the joy and gratitude that overflows my heart?

Confession:  I realize that accepting your forgiveness does not mean I never sin again.  I should be living each day victoriously and serving others because of your sacrifice.  But still I struggle with living to please myself.  I am sorry.

Thanksgiving:  Thank you for your forgiveness that chooses to look at me “just as if I’d never sinned.”  Wow.  I want to live for You.

Supplication:  Help me to rise above the selfishness that constantly clamors for my attention and step out in faith to be your messenger of comfort to others.

My Song to God: The Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

Refrain

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

Refrain

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

Refrain

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