Devotion - April 18, 2014
Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
If you want to know about God, where would you look? For some people the question is irrelevant because they say, “There is no God.” Others say, “God exists but cannot be known.” Others suggest, “God lives in you, so meditate and get to know yourself.”
The Christian answer is different. To know God, you need to know Jesus. The Bible says, “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known” (John 1:18). Jesus is not a man who aspired to be God; Jesus is God born in human flesh. A disciple once said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father.” Jesus answered, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:8-9). Another disciple called Jesus “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). If you want to know God, know Jesus.
Know what about Jesus…his teachings, miracles, or acts of kindness in feeding the hungry and healing the sick? Those are good things to know, but the Bible focuses our attention elsewhere. About one-third of each of the four Gospels describes the last week of Jesus’ life. Our attention is drawn to his death on a cross. There on the cross you see the character, nature, heart and mind of God.
God died! Now we know the justice of God. He said sin must be paid for. There, on the cross, God himself paid the penalty for our sin.
God died! Now we know the love of God. Rather than punishing us, he bore the pain himself.
God died! Now we know the will of God. From eternity he planned to save the world through this sacrifice. And on that cross he accomplished his eternal purpose.
God died! Now we know the wisdom of God. “Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30).
God died! Now we know the power of God. He crushed Satan and freed us from the control of our evil foe. Trusting Jesus we will not perish in hell.
God died! Now we know the glory of God. Jesus brought glory to his heavenly Father by completing the work of salvation that the Father had given him to do.
Jesus died! Now we know God’s justice, love, will, wisdom, power and glory. What is the best part? We know that he didn’t stay dead. With his resurrection on Easter Sunday, his mission and our eternal salvation are confirmed!
Dear Jesus, give me the peace and comfort that comes from the truth that you are my Savior who came from heaven to rescue me from sin, death and Satan. Help me live by the confession that you are the Son of God who died for me. Amen.
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