Tuesday, January 27, 2009

It Was His Choice

As I read Mark Moore’s devotional book, Encounters with Christ, I was hit with this thought: “Jesus died, not because of the treachery of Judas, the cowardice of the disciples, or the avarice of the leaders. He died because of a deliberate decision in the garden before any of these characters came on the scene” (p. 181). Obviously this isn’t a new thought, but it is one that is worth revisiting.

That God would make a decision to save people and that Jesus would make a decision to take on our sins and our death is a staggering thought. This thought leads us to another question: Why would God do this? This is where the above thought connects with a thought I have been pondering the last few days: to create a people for Himself.

Reflect on what the apostle Peter wrote in his first letter:
And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake, who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:17-21; ESV)

Now let’s jump to chapter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (ESV)

Here we see not only God’s desire to have a people who are holy and faithful, but it also shows us us our responsibility. If Jesus could chose to die in our place, so we may become a holy people, then we can choose to live lives worthy of that sacrifice. That is our responsibility.

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