As we have begun to prepare our hearts and minds this week, first with the celebration of Palm Sunday and continuing with the remembrances of Passover, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday…or Easter…my thoughts turn to how He has brought me and so many others back to life. It’s amazing how surviving a thing like cancer can make you stop and realize how many things He has already saved us from! We just don’t always take the time to think about it.
2 Corinthians 1:10 “He has rescued us from a terrible death, and He will continue to rescue us. Yes, He is the one on whom we have set our hope, and He will rescue us again.”
Colossians 1:13 “God has freed us from the power of darkness, and He brought us into the kingdom of His dear Son.”
2 Timothy 1:9 “He saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our own accomplishments, but according to His own purpose and the grace that was given to us in the Messiah Jesus before time began.”
Over the centuries, God rescued His people countless times. He rescued them from slavery in Egypt. He rescued them from numerous enemies and afflictions. And time and again, they turned back to their own ways. We read those stories and wonder how they could have been so dumb! Yet we do the same things…just sometimes with a bit more sophistication or secrecy. We don’t all get together and build a big idol because our leader didn’t make it back down the mountain in time; but we do have our idols…things that we can touch and see and put ahead of our Lord.
What has Christ saved you from? What has He saved you to?
Romans 6:4 “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Romans 13:11-12 “Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we first believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
Ephesians 5:14 “For this reason it says, "Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
Blessed Easter week!