J. Gordon Duncan

Culture, Business, Fitness, Etc.

A Good Friday Devotion

Students of the heart recognize needs that each and every one of us have.

The need for purity:  We see this as no matter how hard we try, we just can’t be perfect.  We still tell the small lies.  We still have thoughts that we are thankful no body knows about.

The need for someone to pay our debt:  So much of our lives are spent in guilt and trying to absolve that guilt.  We overcompensate or even give up because of guilt.

The need for someone to speak for us (an advocated):  We either run headlong to people to identify with or we run headlong into isolation because we have given up hope of someone to stand up for us.

So much of our lives are spent in frustration over the lack of those very things.  Fortunately, the book of Hebrews addresses those needs directly.  It  tells us that for us to have any hope whatsoever of being forgiven and reconciled to God several things had to happen.  Someone had to live the life that neither Adam nor ourselves have been able to live.  Someone had to offer a sacrifice that was acceptable to God for the payment of sin.  A spotless priest had to approach the throne of God with that sacrifice.  And death had to be overcome by resurrection so that those who have faith might also live once again.

Jesus is all of those things:  our perfect obedience, our acceptable sacrifice, our spotless priest, and our hope for life.

Here the words of Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Now through that wonderful work of Jesus, believers by faith no longer have to offer bloody sacrifice to God.  We offer the living sacrifice of our lives, and you know what?

God finds it acceptable and holy.  He finds the offering of your life in service to Jesus as an act of worship.  We live that offering out by being transformed in the midst of a very sinful world that does not know God.  We live that out by renewing our minds in the truths of scripture each day so that we can more readily be guided by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit teaches us God’s will for our lives as we seek to obey the words of scripture.  In that we, can live joyfully and worshipfully – all enabled by the wonderful work of Jesus that we celebrate this weekend.

If you would like to worship with Sovereign King this Easter, we will meet at our space on Sunday at 1030am.  You can find directions here.

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April 2, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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