The Climax of God's Plan

Today's Bible reading: 1 Peter 1:18-20

The death of Jesus was not a tragic fate for a great prophet.  Reflecting on Jesus death, Peter makes it quite clear that it was all part of God’s plan.  It was really the climax of that plan.  God was here finally offering up the perfect sacrifice for sin.  The Passover lamb had to be perfect – without any physical defect.  Here is the sacrifice to end all the sacrifices for sin.

Jesus Christ is your perfection … and through what He did for you on the cross, God’s original purpose for all of humanity has been restored.  Martin Luther puts it this way: “All this He has done for me that I may be His own, live under Him in His Kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness.”

You are a living testimony to God’s eternal plan for the whole world.  All that Jesus did is your personal history.  It’s one thing to say: “Jesus died” – that’s simply stating an historical fact … even the demons say that.  It is quite another to say: “Jesus died for me … which is a gift the Holy Spirit has given to you.

You have been saved … set free from your sins!

That is the Good News for all, but more specifically … more personally: that is the Good News for you and for you to share!

Prayer: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe.  You have poured out upon us Your never-ending love by giving your Son, Jesus Christ, into death on the cross for us.  Give us grace to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  Strengthen the ministry of Your Church to bring Jesus’ love to all those for whom He died.  For He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.