April 10 God’s Gift to You

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18–25

Key Verse: Colossians 1:20

By Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

From the disciples’ point of view the Cross seemed ridiculous. In fact, no one understood why Jesus submitted to such treatment. They could not comprehend what He was doing for them. For years, they prayed for Messiah to come. However, their idea of a Savior was something far from what they saw in Jesus. The man they had hoped would come was one of military might. He would put to rest once and for all the nagging pursuit of the Roman government and, for that matter, everyone else who troubled God’s chosen people.

But God’s purposes seldom revolve around human strength and ability. Instead, He tells us to deny ourselves, to take up His cross, and to follow Him. This inherently leads to the crucified life—a life where Christ reigns. It also is a life that mirrors our Lord’s example while teaching us to focus the attitude of our hearts on God and His will alone.

Christ’s only focus was to do the will of the Father. You cannot save yourself. Any human effort or striving to reach some point of holiness outside acknowledging what Christ did for you at Calvary is done in vain.

The Cross is God’s gift to you. It was something Jesus did out of love. His greatest desire is to have you beside Him for all eternity. This Easter allow the cross of Christ to find its place deep within your life as you celebrate His resurrection.

Almighty God, thank You for the gift of the Cross. Let the cross of Christ find its place deep within my life as I celebrate the Resurrection this season.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 105). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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