slaves in market

Isaiah 59:21
“And as for Me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord; “My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from now and forever.”

Even in Isaiah’s time long before Christ, God promised His Holy Spirit and His word to those who would receive and believe in His Redeemer. That word “redeemer” means, “To recover possession or ownership of, by a payment of a price.”

Even if we had possession of all the world’s goods, we would still not have enough to pay God for our sinfulness. Even if we spent every day doing good deeds, that wouldn’t save us. That’s how offensive our sin is to God.

There is only one thing that satisfies God’s requirement. That is the sinless blood of God’s own Son shed on our behalf. That is the only thing valuable enough to buy us back from Satan’s slave market. We are powerless to save ourselves.

Father God, thank You for Your overwhelming pity extended to us.
Who are we that You would allow Your own Son
to suffer what He did for our redemption?

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Jesus, Our Fulfillment

Jesus on road

Luke 24:44
Now He (Jesus)said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

On that first Easter Sunday, grieving disciples encountered the risen Lord on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13). That same evening they returned to Jerusalem and sought out other disciples to tell them they had seen Jesus alive. Their stories collaborated with Peter who had seen the empty tomb (Luke 24:12).

Then Jesus appeared to them without entering through doors or windows and spoke today’s scripture. To help them believe, He showed them His hands and feet. To prove He was not a ghost or apparition, He asked for some broiled fish which He ate in their presence (Luke 24:39-53).

With their recent experience, He tried to help them understand the Old Testament scriptures that spoke of, and pointed directly to Him. He came to fulfill every word written about Him over a period of hundreds of years before He appeared on earth.

Lord God, thank You for Your careful attention
to every detail You fulfilled
which was recorded in advance of Your arrival on earth.
Help many doubters believe Your truth.

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Judgment Day


John 3:18
(Jesus said) “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

One day, there will be a day of reckoning. A day when all men will stand before God. Those who have refused to put their faith and trust in Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, will be judged. They will hear Him say, “I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:23).

For those who have trusted and believe in Jesus, who have done the will of the Father, who have obeyed His leading, this will be a day of receiving rewards. For them, this is a day of great rejoicing. On this day, there will be a full disclosure of the inheritance which has been reserved in heaven for us (I Peter 1:3-4).

As long as a person is still breathing, they can still choose Jesus. After that time, there is no changing the inevitable. The dye is cast. There are no “do overs.”

For people to say, “God is going to save everybody,” is a false assumption. God’s word doesn’t support that belief. Read God’s word. Hide it in your heart. Share what God says with others while there is still time.

Lord Jesus, draw those unto You
whom You know will receive You.
Cause us to be bold in Your Truth
so others may not perish
but enjoy everlasting life
with You in heaven.

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Jesus Power

Jesus & paralytic

Matthew 9:6
(Jesus said) “But in order that you may know that the son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic—“Rise, take up your bed, and go home.”

The religious leaders of the day scoffed at Jesus when he told a paralytic his sins were forgiven. Jesus knew their unspoken evil thoughts against Him.

He asked those leaders which was easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Get up and walk.” Jesus had the power to do both because God the Father had given Him that authority over all the works of the devil.

To prove what he said was valid, Jesus told the paralyzed man to get up from his pallet, take it with him, and go home. This left no doubt about Jesus’ authority.

Before Jesus left earth, He bestowed His authority on those who believed in Him and those who would believe in Him in the future (John 17:18, 20).

As believers, we have this privilege, this power, through the Holy Spirit.

Lord Jesus, I pray to use Your authority
to glorify Your name and Your Father’s name.
To You alone be the glory, praise and honor
forever and ever. Amen.

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God’s Child


Colossians 1:13
For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.

Before Jesus, we were under the power of Satan. We were bound to submit to his authority over us—whether we wanted to or not.

When Jesus arose from His grave, it was the undeniable evidence that He defeated sin and death for all time. He extended this mercy to any who would yield their life to Him.

When we yield to Jesus, He removes us from Satan’s iron-clad grip and installs us as citizens of His kingdom with all its rights and privileges. He tells us He has seated us with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). We will reign with Him (II Timothy 2:12, Revelation 20:6).

That transfer of citizenship is immediate. We don’t have to wait until we die. From that moment on, our lives are never the same. We are no longer His creation. We are now God’s own children (John 1:12).

Father God, we rejoice that we are now Your children.
We now have citizenship in Your kingdom
and ready access to Your presence.
Thank You for Your overwhelming lovingkindness
toward us giving us the gift of faith
to believe what You say is true.

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Jesus Is God’s Son


I John 5:10
The one who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the witness that God has borne concerning His Son.

When we put our faith and trust in Jesus, we have a new heart. We soon learn God can be trusted in even the smallest whispered requests offered in Jesus’ name.

When John baptized Jesus in water God spoke out of the heavens, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased,” (Matthew 3:17).

Again, before Jesus was crucified and rose from the grave, God spoke from a bright cloud. Peter, James, and John heard Him say, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5).

If God said it not once, but twice, who are we to doubt that Jesus is truly the Son of God?

Thank You, Father for your sure witness
and testimony from Your own lips
that Jesus Christ is indeed Your Son
sent to save us from our sins.
Thank You for Your gift of faith
poured out on anyone who seeks You
with their whole heart.

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Jesus, Conquering Hero

Colossians 2:15
When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

Most of us know the Easter story, but fewer know the scope of what Jesus accomplished for us in those terrible hours. Jesus removed our sin (John 1:29 and Hebrews 9:26). He removed God’s wrath from us (Hebrews 2:17). He reconciled us to God (Romans chapters 10 and 11). When Jesus was whipped He purchased our healing (I Peter 2:24). He made the way for the Holy Spirit to come (John 16:7).

He also defeated the power of Satan. Now Satan could no longer beat believers over the head with the threat of unforgiven sin because Jesus took our sins on the cross once for all (Colossians 2:13-14 and Romans 6:10). He stood in our place and endured the punishment we deserved (Galatians 2:20 and Isaiah 53:5-6). He declared it done when He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30).

I rejoice in You, my Savior,
who endured the shame and pain.
Who took the punishment I deserved
even when I was far from You
and one glorious day
bid me come.

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