Last week we spent several days considering Jesus’ journey toward the cross. From the first hint of redemption in the first garden to the ultimate surrender in Gethsemane’s garden, I hope you’ve been taking time to let the wonder of His sacrifice capture your heart as we remember what He’s done for us.
Jesus is the Lamb of God who was slain to deliver us from the mess we made, to reverse the effects of the Fall. When we receive what He has done, we become living examples of His grace, filling the earth with His glory.
Take Time to Reflect
First Peter 1 gives a beautiful description of Jesus’ payment for us. Slowly read through these chunks of Scripture and pause to give thanks:
[box]Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3–5)[/box]
Jesus set us free from bondage to the corruption produced by the Fall.
Do you know that you’ve truly been set free because of His blood that was shed for you?
Are you experiencing that “living hope?”
If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
[box]For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:17–21)[/box]
Do you live in a way that honors the payment that was made for you? You’ve been purchased by the precious blood of Christ.
How does that truth impact you?
Is your faith and hope in God?
Have you been rescued, redeemed; “born again to a living hope”?
If you have, I hope you’ll take time to write out a description of the way this occurred in your life, and leave it in the comment section. Let’s spend some moments thanking Jesus for His work on the Cross.