“He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” (1st Peter 1:20)
Before He created the world, God had chosen Jesus as His full revelation to all human beings and had prepared Christ, only to reveal Him later in history, at the right time and for such manifestation.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, before God had created this world that we live in, God had already chosen His Son, the One who would become our Lord and Savior; the One who would come to this world and reveal God’s character and nature to us; the One who would provide the eternal life for us, though He had not even met us yet. The One who would carry a cross through the streets, up to the top of Calvary, and allow Himself to be nailed to the cross, all to prove to us human beings, that He had defeated death for all time. It is for this reason, that we praise Jesus’ precious name and that we pray Your will is done. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Wherever your place, tend it with care; God put you there for a reason.”
“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in a variety of ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom the appointed heir of all things and through whom he made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)
God used many different people throughout history to reveal Himself and His truth to His people. The climactic revelation fulfilling the intention of all others came in the Son, who not only was a participant in Creation (John 1:3) but is also the Heir of all that exists. Ruler of all, and the Agent of creation.
“This is the one who came by water and blood—-Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is he truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony God has given us eternal life, and this life I in his Son. He who has the o has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1st John 5:6-13)
God has provided three witnesses (Numbers 35:30; Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:15) to identify Jesus: His baptism, His death, and the Holy Spirit. We have no reason to question such testimony, especially since it comes from God, the Source of all truth. Faith in Christ makes us join the witnesses to Christ. If we do not believe, we say God is a liar. Beloved faith relationship with the Son brings eternal life, the only genuine quality of life.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. Now I have told you.’” (Matthew 28:5-7)
Jesus rose revealing for the first time God’s power over death and the certainty of eternal life. The incredible was explained by God’s representative, probably to those whose faith and loyalty remained most constant during these awful and awesome days of trial, crucifixion, and death. The resurrected Christ did not return immediately to the heavenly Father but made plans to be seen by his followers in Galilee. He had to prepare them to be messengers of His revelation.
Beloved, messengers for God must have only one qualification. God’s messengers are those who know that crucified and risen Christ by experience. By faith they experience the forgiveness, salvation, and hope that comes from knowing the risen Lord. God calls us whom He saved to share the good news. It is our task—-not that of heavenly angels—-to share the resurrection story. Only sinners who have know forgiveness in the risen Christ can share the story effectively. For the power of the personal testimony in sharing the gospel, go to John 9:1-41 and read the experience of the man born blind.