What I read today
Leviticus 15-16; Psalm 53; Isaiah 53; Luke 9; Ephesians 2
Ephesians 2 verse 4-10 says this:
But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
Our God is incredibly merciful, isn’t he? We deserve nothing but punishment and eternity that is separated from God.
Each one of us has a past littered with sins. We could fill grain silos with all the sins we’ve each committed as individuals.
In spite of this, God sent his son Jesus to save each and every one of us from ourselves. In his great love and mercy, Jesus stepped out of heaven and died for you and me.
And the most incredible thing of all is the fact that we contribute nothing to that act of salvation. Our whole job is to trust Jesus and believe that he is who he said he was.
But there’s more! Jesus then sends us the holy spirit. He sends that spirit so that each of us can do good works. Not to earn God’s favor, but out of thankfulness for what God has done for us.
Give thanks this morning for the incredible love that each one of us has received from our gracious God and Jesus Christ!