DEVOTIONS

April 18-23

Monday, April 18 – “For God does not show favoritism.” (Romans 2:11) This simple truth is a stumbling block for so many people.  It seems too easy.  God offers salvation to every single person in the world.  Regardless of nationality, socio-economic status, gender, age or track record, through faith in Jesus.  We love exclusivity.  We love VIP sections.  We love member benefits.  God simply loves people, all people.  This reality is precisely why the simple truth of salvation for all, through faith in Jesus, is so controversial.   

 

Tuesday, April 19 – “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) Faith in Jesus is so much more than another way to live.  Faith in Jesus is the only way to experience eternal salvation.  Keep Buddha.  Study Muhammed.  Practice yoga.  But never forget that if salvation for eternity in heaven is your goal, only faith in Jesus delivers.  Glean the best that you can from anyone and everyone.  But never forget that only Jesus is the source of your salvation. 

 

Wednesday, April 20 – “For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.” (John 17:2) Two things: (1) God has given Jesus authority over all people.  (2) God gave this authority to Jesus so that he might give eternal life to all that God has given to Jesus.  What is important for you to realize from these two things?  One little word – “all”.  All means all.  It doesn’t mean some.  Jesus has been given authority from God to save all people.  The question now is: Will all people accept and believe this truth?  Probably not.  But you can.  And that is the good news.

 

Thursday, April 21 – “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.” (Colossians 2:9) “Deity” means God.  Jesus was God in human form.  God came and lived with us, as one of us.  This is why you can boast that through faith in Jesus your sins are forgiven and eternal life in heaven is yours.  If Jesus was just a guy, no matter how smart and well intentioned that he might have been, salvation through faith in him would never be possible.  Do you honestly think that nobody, in the history of the world, would have been willing to sacrifice their life for the salvation of all people?  If they could, they would.  But since they couldn’t, they didn’t.

 

Friday, April 22 – “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.’” (Galatians 3:10) Jesus didn’t come to abolish the law.  Jesus came to fulfill it.  Jesus didn’t come to start a new religion.  Jesus came to fulfill that which God has been up to since the beginning of time.  The law was given to shine a light on our sin.  The intention of the Law was to show just how inadequate we are to save ourselves.  Thus, we would turn around (repent) and ask God for salvation.  God’s answer to that request is Jesus. 

 

 

Saturday, April 23 – “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.” (1 John 1:1) The disciples either pulled off the biggest fraud in the history of the world or they were telling the truth.  For every single disciple went to their death, some in very violent ways, never recanting the truth of Jesus.  If this was all a lie, somebody would haven given it up.  Especially when push came to shove and their life was threatened.  Yet, it never happened.  What does that tell you?