The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Everything He Deserves"
On the cross of Calvary, God gave to the Lord Jesus Christ everything we deserved in order that He might give to us everything He deserves.
"Christ died for our sins" (I Corinthians 15:3).
"He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things" (Romans 8:32).
This, of course, comprises the very essence of the Gospel, which proclaims the sublime simplicity of God's offer of grace to all who will freely receive it by faith (John 1:12). We do well, however, to realize the impact of the cross regarding its eternal benefit. The suffering, forsakenness, and death of the Lord Jesus purchased everything with which God will ever bless His trusting children. The next breath we breathe in His peace comes to us because our Savior experienced the inner and outward turmoil of bearing our sins and God's wrath upon them. A spiritual price tag of "Purchased At Calvary" marks every blessing of grace our Heavenly Father will ever bestow upon us. Yes, He "freely gives us all things" because the Gospel that saves us from our sins also saves unto Christ's merits being imputed to our account as the freest gift ever given, purchased by the highest cost ever remitted.
"Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as of silver and gold… but with the precious blood of Christ" (I Peter 1:18; 19).
No truth will more infuse our hearts with gratitude, and also the ongoing desire to requite such undeserved goodness by a life lived for the glory of God. "We love Him because He first loved us" (I John 4:19). Yes, every happy moment of a long eternity in the presence of God comes to us by way of a broken Heart that cried out in the lonely darkness, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27:46). Because on the cross of Calvary, God gave to the Lord Jesus everything we deserved in order that He might give to us everything Christ deserves.
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit, which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
Weekly Memory Verse
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.