How will you make today count?


This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, so how can learn from yesterday and make today count?

Will you look at or consider finding out what pleases God and do that? Will you accept Jesus as Your Lord and Savior, look into what pleases Him and do that? Do you want to run the risk of displeasing God?

Will you lead by serving others? Will you seek the needy and help? Will you notice the need around you and help? Will you shine in the darkness that others may see it and turn to God and praise Your Heavenly Father? Will you make a difference and be different being salt and light in this world? Will you do something bigger than yourself in order to make it count for God? Will you step up and step out in faith answering God’s call in order to make today count? How will you show generosity? With your time? With your efforts? With your heart? With your finances?

Are you willing to make a difference today? Are you willing to be different today? Are you will to make today count?

How will you praise God today? How will you live out today as a living sacrifice to God?

There is so much darkness in this world. How will you shine your light that people will see it and be directed to God? How will you shine your light so that evil can’t hide in the shadows any more? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to shine thru you? Will you allow the light of the Son reflect off you like the moon and the sun, where you are the light in the darkness of this world just as the moon shines so bright in the evening sky.

Time… We only have a limited amount of it here on this earth… How will you be a good steward of it? How will you make a difference with it? How will you make it count for eternity? You can’t make more of it, so you need to make the most of it!

Do get robbed by making life about acquiring stuff or taking things to try to escape from the realities of today! Instead drink in deep the Spirit of God and allow the Holy Spirit to overflow into the world around you! Allow the filling of God to overflow into praise and generosity rather than the ways of the world where people try to fill themselves with things that don’t glorify themselves nor God and then start to gossip, grumble, and complain.

Let’s live out this life showing how much we care and how much one another are worth! Let’s respect, love, and submit to one another so that the world will see the difference and want to know more about this Jesus who is our Lord and Savior! Let’s allow the world to see that we live our lives submitting and loving others out of respect for Jesus! Not out of fear or worry but it is all done out of love! Respect the differences! Respect the relationships! Respect how God created us each on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose! So let’s live out our lives in love so that through our lives (living sacrifices) others may come to also know the love of Jesus! Let’s be blessings to our spouses, our children, our extended family and friends! Let’s be blessings to the people that God bring across our paths! Let’s glorify God today by the way we live!

So let’s live lives that make God look on us with favor:

2Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. –from Isaiah 66:2

Pride comes before the fall! We are all in need of God! We need to make our lives about our relationship with Him! And by spending time with Him and inviting Him into every situation, we find that we are nothing without Him but that none the less He chose us to be in relationship with Him and to make a difference today for Him! We are so small compared to the vastness of the universe and so we shouldn’t think we are all that and more but rather let’s be humble and submit to God and allow Him to work out His perfect plan in and through us that this world may praise Him and turn back to Him and be saved in Jesus’ name!

Let’s make today count! Let’s live out our lives here in a way that we can spend eternity in heaven with God! Let’s live out our lives here on earth in a way that will have others join us on the journey into eternity where there will be no more sorrow and no more pain! Let’s live out today with the reality of the future where everything will please God!

 


Seven Ways to Please the Lord

Day 270: Bible In One Year 2017

  1. Praise the Lord … Psalm 113:1-9
  2. Live in the light … Ephesians 5:8–14
  3. Make the most of every opportunity … Ephesians 5:15–17
  4. Be filled with the Spirit … Ephesians 5:18–20
  5. Submit to one another with love and respect … Ephesians 5:21–33
  6. Be humble … Isaiah 66:2b
  7. Look forward to a world where everything pleases God … Isaiah 65:17–66:24

Today’s reading from God’s Word:

 

 

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What will last? FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE!


Ever considered what is most important? Ever considered what can’t be destroyed? Ever considered what matters most?

We know from the bible that faith, hope, and love will remain, will last and that the greatest of these things is love!

God is love and there is no darkness in Him! So the best thing we can do in and with and through our lives is to imitate God and live a life of love towards others! What does that mean, what should we do?

1Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. –from Ephesians 5

Do you see people in need? Will you step out of your comfort zone and serve them in Jesus’ name?

Do you see people who are hungry? Will you give from what you have that they would be fed in Jesus’ name?

Do you see people who are thirsty? Will you give them a drink in Jesus’ name?

What other needs do you see around you? How can you help them in Jesus’ name?

Do they need clothe? Will you give them clothe in Jesus’ name?

Do you see people who are downcast or sad or depressed? Will you be someone who will come alongside them to comfort them in Jesus’ name?

Consider right where you are at today! Consider the needs around you, and there are needs! Do you realize the problems people are having relationally? Do you realize the stress and burdens they are carrying? Do you realize that just because they are pretending to be ok on the outside that if you were sincere and authentic with them you may learn of a need that you would have or could have missed? Will you help others through love as Jesus taught us in Matthew 7? Do you remember when Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was and He said “Love God” and “Love people”? Imagine if everyone lived out their lives to glorify God! Imagine a world where everyone lived their lives loving other people as much as they loved themselves! Imagine a world where things moved from selfish to selfless! What a different world it would be! Imagine with a country! Imagine across country borders! Imagine around the world! Consider the conflicts taking place today and it would be different if everyone took hold of the “golden rule” (Matthew 7:12Luke 6:31) and the impact it would have between people from different countries, backgrounds, heritages and how it would stop polarizing things and causing people to be drawn together!

So, will you go out today to make a difference, leading with LOVE!


Six Keys to Good Relationships

Day 268: Bible In One Year 2017

  • Be filled with the Holy Spirit … Psalm 112:1-10
  • Be transformed into the likeness of Jesus … Ephesians 4:17-5:7
  • Become like the compassionate father … Isaiah 63:1-65:16

Keys:

  1. Authenticity
  2. Passion
  3. Work and generosity
  4. Encouragement
  5. Grace
  6. Purity

Checkout the devotional that dives into these keys.

Today’s reading from God’s Word

20/20 vision when you look back…


Going through life and wondering what is going on? Going through life and wondering what you should do? Going through life and wondering what is next?

Do you remember the lessons of the past? Do you remember the lessons God has taught you? Do you remember the things you should be doing? Do you remember the things you should stop doing? Do you remember the things you stopped and shouldn’t restart?

How will you move forward into the unknown? How will you move forward into the future? Tomorrow isn’t promised, but you have today! So why not make today, the best today so far? Will you learn through it? Will you grow through it? Will you serve through it? Will you bless through it? Will you be generous through it? Will you love through it? Will you make a difference through it? Will you persevere through it? Will you not only share hope but build up your own hope tank? Fear Not, Just Believe! Consider it pure joy when you face trials of any kind because you know it is working in and through you so that in the end you will be complete and lacking nothing! Don’t allow troubles to get you down because in this world we will have troubles, rather take hold of the hope of knowing that Jesus has overcome the world!

We may not know all the answers, but we do know who does! So let’s lean not on our own understanding, but rather let’s trust God! Let’s take hold of the truths in God’s Word from both the Old and New Testaments in order that we can walk out today holding tightly to the truth, shared in love, with the hope of Jesus for the rest of our lives! God through Jesus has revealed the truth to the past secrets! Jesus helps bring light to every situation! So let’s be that light today into the situations we are called into and not allow the situation to overtake us but that in Jesus His truth, love, and hope will over take the situation!

Let’s not sow division but let’s take hold of the reconciliation power of Jesus!

Let’s not sow fear but instead let’s pour out faith!

Let’s not sow bitterness but instead let’s pour out forgiveness!

So will you let Jesus be both Lord and Savior? Will you allow Him to move into your heart and direct your life? Will  you then become a power of reconciliation to the world around you? Will you be an ambassador of hope? Will you see what is really going on in the spiritual realm and look beyond the people? Our battle isn’t against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities of this dark world! And this battle isn’t ours, the battle belongs to the Lord! And the reality is Jesus has already won!


The Secret

Day 267: Bible In One Year 2017

  1. God’s wisdom is revealed … Psalm 111:1-10
  2. God’s power is revealed … Ephesians 3:1-21
    • Power in the message of the gospel
    • Power in unity
    • Power of the Holy Spirit
    • Power of God’s love
  3. God’s love is revealed … Isaiah 57:14-59:21

Today’s reading from God’s Word comes from …

It’s not Jesus +, Jesus is enough!


If it is just you and Jesus, then you have enough! It makes a difference! How far can you go on your own? How much can you do in your own strength? How much knowledge can one person have? But with Jesus, all things are possible!

Jesus is more than enough! No matter what we face, Jesus is enough! No matter what we need, Jesus is enough! No matter what it’s going to take, Jesus is enough!

Ever considered all the things that are impossible? Are they? What reality or facts make it impossible? What truths make it impossible? Consider the idea that it is easier for a rich person to walk through the eye of a needle than to get into heaven… impossible some may say. But with Jesus, all things are possible! God is able to work in and through rich people to serve the needy community and to have a transformed heart when they ask Jesus into it! Nothing is impossible with God! So we need to go beyond routines and rituals which is how I viewed God and church growing up and move into the reality of relationship and intimacy with God! It’s all about building a relationship with Jesus! It is so far beyond just doing the right things, saying the right things, thinking the right things, the order of things, it is all about relationship with Jesus! When that lightbulb went off, my life was transformed forever! It took me over 30 years before that happened. I felt God’s calling and did what I felt He was asking of me, but somehow thru the experiences, the rituals, the routines of the church, I never got the reality that it was about a relationship with Jesus! Until that day when God moved me out of my comfort zone, He brought me to a place with a different experience that felt like home, and then my wife and I both realized the reality of what it was supposed to be about! Our lives were transformed as God started a new life in us! He poured His Spirit into our lives and got us up and running fast – I tend to use the analogy of Him putting a jet pack on us to help us get caught up with where He desired for us to be! It put us in a better situation where our kids are getting to be a part of a family that serves the Lord and now I was as they grow up and step into leadership roles in order to serve God more, they go out and serve kids at camp, they go out and serve the community through food programs, they go out and serve the world through mission trips. And I know that none of this would of or could have happened without that divine encounter with Jesus when I realized and we realize (my wife and I) that it was so much more than just routine and rituals but it was about having a life long relationship with Jesus!

The way I look at people is different! My outlook on life is different! The joy of the Lord is my strength! I let that light and joy shine in and through me! In the midst of storm and stress, His peace that goes beyond all understanding is able to come in and calm the storm or calm the storm in me in order to help me lean on Him and accomplish His will and His purpose!

There were things that I was carrying without knowing it. There were responses that I had without knowing why I would respond in that way. I was freed from them by Jesus through Cleansing Stream retreat where the power and reality of forgiveness came lifting the weights and curing the responses from my life!

I learned the power of forgiveness! It’s not after they do … you will forgive them, it is about forgiving them first! When you don’t forgive, then you end up living through a time where it is like you are taking poison and expecting the other person to die, all the while you are being eaten from the inside out! I learned it the hard way and have had to continue to remind myself over and over again! Jesus paid it all for my mistakes, even before I turned to Him, so why should be any different in how we are supposed to live too!

I learn the importance of starting my day with God as it impacts the rest of my day! When I start my day off with God and in His Word, it kick-starts the day so that every day can be a “Happy” day! When I have had to miss it for some reason, I can tell because I have an edge that isn’t normally there, a block on my shoulder in how I respond, but when I invite Jesus in and we kick the day off right, things start out on a better foundation!

There had been a time where our excuses was that we were too busy for church and for God. Now we are too busy to not stay connected to God because without Him we couldn’t make it a reality!

Don’t be left behind! Don’t try to go it alone! Don’t believe the lies of the world!

Invite Jesus into your life and start a real living relationship with Him who is alive, not a god out there somewhere, but God right here with us! He is always there and so invite Him into every situation! Go beyond rituals and routines! Go beyond schedules and meetings! Walk through your day with Jesus, asking for wisdom about things, asking for discernment about decisions you are needing to make! It doesn’t take a long dissertation because He knows your thoughts and He knows your needs, so all that is needed is to ask! Like we read in Matthew 7:7… Ask, Seek, Knock

7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. –from Matthew 7:7

We need to make Him our top priority and seek His kingdom and His righteousness like we read in Matthew 6:33 …

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. –from Matthew 6:33

So invite Jesus in today! Make it more than just routine! Make it so much more than just rituals! Make it about a living relationship with Him! And realize that you have all you need! You + Jesus = more than enough!

And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.

–from 2 Corinthians 9:8


What Difference Does Jesus Make?

Day 266: Bible In One Year 2017

  1. Permanent forgiveness … Psalm 110:1-7
  2. Peace and reconciliation … Ephesians 2:1-22
  3. Purpose and meaning … Isaiah 55:1-57:13

 

Today’s reading from God’ Word:

 

Bullet points from today’s devotional as it relates to Jesus …

  • King of kings (Psalm 110:5)
  • Great High Priest (Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 7:16–22)

Life without Jesus is described as:

  • ‘dead in your transgressions and sins’ (v.1)
  • following ‘the ways of the world’ (v.2)
  • ‘gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts’ (v.3a)
  • ‘objects of wrath’ (v.3b)
  • ‘separate from Christ’ (v.12a)
  • ‘outsiders to God’s ways’ (v.11, MSG)
  • ‘foreigners to the covenants of the promise’ (v.12b)
  • ‘without hope’ (v.12c)
  • ‘without God in the world’ (v.12c)
  • ‘far away’ (v.13)
  • separated by the ‘dividing wall of hostility’ (v.14b)
  • ‘strangers or outsiders’ (v.19, MSG).

Life with Jesus is described as:

  • ‘raised up with Christ’ (v.6)
  • ‘seated with him in the heavenly realms’ (v.6)
  • ‘God’s masterpiece’ (v.10, NLT)
  • ‘created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do’ (v.10)
  • ‘brought near through the blood of Christ’ (v.13)
  • ‘reconciled to God through the cross’ (v.16)
  • ‘access to the Father by one Spirit’ (v.18)
  • ‘fellow-citizens with God’s people’ (v.19)
  • ‘members of God’s household’ (v.19)
  • ‘a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit’ (v.22).

 

Four reasons to come to Jesus:

  1. Jesus alone can satisfy the hunger in your heart
  2. Jesus’ love and mercy is great
  3. Jesus is the life transformer
  4. Jesus has a purpose for your life

 

Jesus is more than enough! He can fill that void you feel in your heart!

Value


What comes to mind when you hear the word value? Is it deserving? Is it worth? Is it usefulness? Is it benefit? Is it gain? Is it profit? Is it good? Is it helpful or helpfulness? Is it importance? Is it significance? Is it principles? Is it ethics? Is it morals? Is it standards?

How do you view your value? Is it based on worldly definitions? Is it based on God’s perspective? Do you have value to the world? Do you have value to God? Do you realize the reality and answer?

Are you a christian? As christians, we need to take hold of the fact that we are now “in Christ Jesus”! The value that we have because of this is incredible! Not because of who we are but because we are now “in Christ Jesus”!

Let’s consider these verses and how they speak into this truth!

We are new creations!

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! –from 2 Corinthians 5

We are sons and daughters of God!

26So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. –from Galatians 3

We are chosen by God!

4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. –from Ephesians 1

We have the grace of God!

9He has saved us and called us to a holy life-not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. –from 2 Timothy 1

We have God’s love – never ending love – everlasting – unfailing!

38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD. –from Romans 8

We get to walk in the value of being redeemed and forgiven!

7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment-to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. –from Ephesians 1

Thanks to Jesus in Him, we have been justified and are righteous!

2Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. –from 2 Corinthians 5

Thanks to Jesus and our decision to receive Him as our Lord and Savior, all God’s promises are now Yes – consider the value!

20For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. — from 2 Corinthians 1

Consider the value of knowing that every need will be satisfied!

19And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. — from Philippians 4

Consider the value of being able to live in peace and be peacemakers!

7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. –from Philippians 4

Consider the value of knowing you have all of eternity to spend with God! Not just out there somewhere but rather from now until forever!

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a]Christ Jesus our Lord. –from Romans 6

So being in Christ, what attitude should we and are we showing to the world around us? What value is the world able to see in and through us because we shine the light of Jesus? Let’s make a difference today! Let’s not conform to the ways of the world, but rather let’s be transformed by God so that we are able to transform the world through Christ Jesus living in and through our lives!

Today’s devotional gives a great example for us to take hold of as being “in Christ Jesus”!

Write your name on a piece of paper. Take hold of your Bible to represent Christ. Place the paper in the book and close it. You are in Christ. Where the book goes you go. Where the paper goes he goes. You are not part of the book, but you are now identified totally with the book.

–from Day 265: Bible In One Year 2017

So by being in Christ Jesus, we have value! The value of all God’s blessings from the Old and from the New Testaments thanks to what Jesus has already paid and done for us!

So do you realize the value you have? Is your attitude demonstrating it to the world around you? Are you letting your light shine that others may see it and praise Your Father in heaven? Why not start today!

If you haven’t asked Jesus into your life yet as Your Lord and Savior, why not make today your day? Have questions? Leave me a comment as I am happy to talk with you about the decision! We could even work on finding you a bible believing, bible preaching church to help you to learn more!

YOU HAVE VALUE! What are you going to do about it? God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but would have everlasting life! Who would do that for something that is worthless! God loves you! So will you receive that love?


Understand Your Value

Day 265: Bible In One Year 2017

  1. The blessings of God’s love and healing … Psalm 109:21-31
  2. The blessings of being in Christ Jesus … Ephesians 1:1-23
    • Many struggle with a low self-image. The New Testament answer to this problem is to know who you are in Christ Jesus: ‘It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for’ (v.11, MSG). Understand what your identity is in Christ. While you may not have every material blessing you want (Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter), God has blessed you ‘with every spiritual blessing in Christ’ (v.3). This passage lists many of these blessings:

      Grace and peace

      Paul starts his greetings with ‘grace and peace’ (v.2). Later he says, ‘The riches of God’s grace… [have been] lavished on us’ (vv.7–8). Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues. You have peace with God.

      Chosen, destined and adopted

      ‘Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world… He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children’ (vv.4–5, AMP; see also v.11).

      Redeemed, forgiven and free

      You are redeemed through his blood (v.7a; Isaiah 52:3,9). ‘Redeemed’ was the word used for the buying back of a slave – a captive set free for a price.

      Your sins are forgiven (Ephesians 1:7b). Marghanita Laski, a well-known atheist, made an amazing confession on television. She said, ‘What I envy most about you Christians is your forgiveness.’ She added, rather sadly, ‘I have no one to forgive me.’

      ‘We’re a free people – free of penalties and punishment chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!’ (v.7, MSG).

      In-dwelt by the Holy Spirit

      ‘Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit’ (v.13). The Holy Spirit has come to live within you. In the ancient world when a package was dispatched a seal was placed on it to indicate where it had come from and to whom it belonged. You have been sealed with the Holy Spirit.

      Hope for the future

      Your inheritance is guaranteed. You have ‘the guarantee of our inheritance [the firstfruits, the pledge and foretaste, the down payment on our heritage], in anticipation of its full redemption and our acquiring [complete] possession of it’ (v.14, AMP). You have ‘the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints’ (v.18b).

      Power and position

      His ‘incomparably great power for us who believe’ is in you (v.19a). Power belongs to God, but he has come to live within you and to give you ‘endless energy, boundless strength!’ (v.19, MSG).

      You are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (v.20). God has placed us ‘in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments’ (vv.20–21, MSG).

      Authority and responsibility

      In Christ, God has placed everything under you for the sake of the church ‘which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way’ (vv.22–23). At her coronation when the orb (the globe under a cross) was placed in her hand, the Queen was reminded: ‘When you see this orb set under the cross, remember that the whole world is subject to the power and empire of Christ our redeemer.’

      God has given you great responsibility. His plans for the universe are now in the hands of the church, which is Jesus’ ‘body’ on earth (v.23). ‘The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church’ (vv.22–23, MSG).

      –from Day 265: Bible In One Year 2017

  3. The blessings of the good news of Jesus … Isaiah 51:17-54:17
    • Isaiah writes, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news… who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”’ (52:7). God’s salvation is such good news that it makes even the smelly feet of the messenger seem beautiful! This good news is Isaiah’s message in the next chapter (52:13–53:12). It is the last and greatest of the four servant songs that reveal God’s plan of salvation. There are five stanzas, each revealing an unexpected contrast:

      Apparent failure and actual success (52:13–15)

      The cross shatters human expectations. Here, Isaiah foretells Jesus’ scourging and death, his ‘ruined face, disfigured past recognition’ (v.14, MSG). Yet the cross is not the end. The stanza ends in success and triumph, with an image of cleansing and forgiveness across the world; ‘he will sprinkle many nations’ (v.15).

      Our view and God’s view (53:1–3)

      ‘Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this?’ (v.1, MSG). Here we see a contrast between God’s view and the human view. Isaiah foresees that the people would reject Jesus, even though he came to save them.

      Our sin and his suffering (vv.4–6)

      Jesus loves you so much that he died instead of you. That is the message at the heart of this passage – indeed of the whole Bible:

      ‘He took the punishment, and that made us whole.

         Through his bruises we get healed.

      We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.

         We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.

      And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him’ (v.5–6, MSG). Wow!

      The guilty and the innocent (vv.7–9)

      This stanza tells of a miscarriage of justice, but one that the innocent Jesus took upon himself voluntarily to bring salvation: ‘He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people’ (v.8, MSG). It also predicts Jesus’ death with extraordinary accuracy: foreseeing his silence at his trial (v.7); that he would die with the guilty and that he would be buried with the rich (v.9).

      Tragedy and triumph (vv.10–13)

      What looked like defeat was in fact a victory, ‘what God had in mind all along’ (v.10, MSG). What makes Jesus’ death a triumph? First, ‘he will see his offspring’ (v.10) and ‘make many righteous’ (v.11, MSG) ­– the millions of transformed lives which are the fruit of his death. Second, ‘he will see the light of life’ (v.11) – Jesus rose again! Lastly, God exalted him, giving him ‘a portion among the great’ (v.12) because of all that he did for us.

      As a result of what Jesus did for us, we are promised expansion and growth (54:2). You need not be afraid (v.4) because ‘your Maker is your husband’ (v.5). His love and compassion will never leave you (v.10). ‘No weapon forged against you will prevail’ (v.17).

      -from Day 265: Bible In One Year 2017

 

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