When was the last time you were so excited for something that you had a countdown to the day that it would happen? A Vacation? Wedding day? Birth of a child?
No matter how excited you were it wouldn’t come any sooner. You simply had to wait patiently for the perfect time.
Day by day you would check off another date on the calendar. One day closer. Almost there.
The Israelites waited not just days for the promised savior. They waited hundreds of years. They watched their nation be overtaken by their enemies. They were exiled to foreign lands for generations. One day their savior will arrive to redeem them from their enemies.
God promised the Messiah (Savior) to come at the perfect time. As we looked at last week’s blog God placed promises throughout the Old Testament showing them how they would recognize the Messiah when He came.
This week we see the life of Jesus culminating in His death on the cross. The four Gospels (biographies on Jesus’ life) each share how He was arrested, found guilty & killed on the Cross. But His story does not stop there. As you read in this week’s Daily Readings you see how Jesus conquered death by His resurrection from the grave.
Jesus came to save Israel and the whole world through His life, death & resurrection. His saving is not from political powers. It is a saving that restores the perfect union humanity had in the Garden of Eden with God before Adam & Eve rebelled. It is by Him we are saved.
The burdens we carry in life are lightened with Jesus in our lives. The guilt we feel from our sins is taken away by God’s grace. Jesus gives us a new life by His resurrection. We are free from burdens, guilt, fear.
Your new life begins today. It begins by surrendering to Jesus and being made new from the inside out. It is giving over how you think life should be and stepping onto the path God has for you.
As you read the Daily Readings this week see your new life in Jesus’ resurrection. Ask God to show you the freedom that is found in Jesus alone. Release any pain, fear, anxiety to God. Begin to see the exciting new day that seems so far away on a calendar is actually today.
All the promises God gave Adam & Eve in the Garden and throughout the Old Testament are fulfilled in Jesus. The red thread comes together in Jesus’ life. And now you get to walk side by side with Jesus in this new life.
This Week’s Challenge
Spend time in your journal this week asking God to show you the next couple of steps in your faith journey with Him. See the promises of God fulfilled in your life through Jesus.