For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:1-3
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). Ephesians 2:4-5
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Jesus died for the sins of the world. The judgment of sin due to all of us was placed on Him. The judgment of sin is death and death is separation. Physical death is the separation of the spirit from the body. And spiritual death is the separation of the spirit from God. Jesus experienced both of these for us. When the sins of the world were placed on Jesus during His crucifixion on the cross, He was separated from the Father. This is why Jesus said, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” After that He said, “It is finished” and then when He, “gave up His spirit,” His double dying was completed. Through His resurrection, Jesus overcame His own death and secured victory over physical death for the rest of us, but in addition, His resurrection validated that His crucifixion truly did secure victory over spiritual death for all of us as well. So, Christ has secured spiritual life which brings a wondrous outcome for all who are willing to embrace His eternal provision.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, as a human being it is hard to grasp that I was truly spiritually dead apart from faith in your saving grace. It is equally hard to grasp the fullness of what it means to have been made spiritually alive. I grasp these realities enough to know that I am forever indebted to you for the gift of genuine spiritual life. Help me grasp even more the supreme gift bestowed on me that makes all the difference in the world. Amen!
Posted on Tue, April 23, 2019
by Ken Hart