Life through Death

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. – Psalm 24:1-2

Who builds … on water?!

Who gives life … through death?!

Our God, that’s who. The ways of our God are so often different than what we would expect. But they are oh-so-glorious. Who would have expected, for example, that the King of Glory would die on a cross? Who would have expected that the LORD Almighty would bow his head to the authority of sinful human beings?

It’s not what we would have expected, but it’s what God did. The Lord Almighty set aside his crown of glory and instead took on a crown of thorns. The King of Glory humbly died with the title, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” placed over his head. It doesn’t seem to make any sense to our logic!

But it’s God’s wonderful grace. Why does he act this way? Why does he take these steps? It’s all about you and me. It was done to forgive us. It was done to rescue us from the hell which we deserved. God set aside his glory, his power, to save you and me from sin’s curse of everlasting death.

And there’s so much more than we can even imagine! Because of his sufferings and death, YOU will have glory! Eternally! So different from what we’d expect.

But then again, we have a God who can build on water.

Prayer: As I gaze on your cross, O Jesus, fill me with humble repentance for my sins. Fill me also with grateful joy for the eternal life which you won for me. Gratefully, thankfully, in your name I pray. Amen

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