MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016
Key Bible Verse: So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. (Ephesians 1:6)
Dig Deeper: Ephesians 1:4-8
The glorious work of salvation on the cross happened so that the goodness and grace of God might be praised. Even his sovereign choice in salvation was designed to magnify his goodness: “What if God, although willing to demonstrate his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And he did so to make know the riches of his glory upon vessels of mercy, which he prepared beforehand for glory” (Rom. 9:22-23, NASB).
God’s wrath is not some kind of counterbalance to his grace. It is the platform for it. God designed all of salvation to culminate in a rapturous, awe-filled celebration of the glory of his goodness.
Why does Jesus, after rising from the dead, still bear his scars? It has to be because God wanted every eternal sight of him to be filled with the memory of his love. In Revelation 5 we are told that all eternity will commemorate a Lamb that has been slaughtered, who purchased men for God from every tribe and tongue (v.9).
God designed the slaughter of his Son before the world so that his goodness might be eternally adored. Throughout eternity, we will still be peering at the cross with awe, wonder, and surprise.
– Matt Papa in Look and Live
My Response: I will meditate on the glory of God’s love reflected in Jesus’s death and resurrection.
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