Day 20 - In My Place Condemned He Stood
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (Ephesians 1:7-10)
It was in our place and for our sins that Christ died on the cross. According to His perfect plan, God provided the way for us to be redeemed from and forgiven of our sins through the blood sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross. All this God chose to do according to His matchless and infinite grace, out of His sovereign design and not our own. He did for you and me what He chose to do so that we may be saved. Praise the Lord for His grace and mercy!
We often take for granted what God blesses us with. It is almost like we feel entitled because we are His children and He is our heavenly Father. But if we stop long enough to meditate upon Ephesians 1, it becomes clear that we are not entitled to anything but receive everything worth receiving out of God’s free grace.
It is out of His grace that God has chosen to save us from our helpless sinful state, not because of what we have done, but through the death of His Son on the cross. Redemption is all of God’s doing and none of ours. Let us give thanks for our Saviour: “Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in my place condemned He stood. Sealed my pardon with His blood, hallelujah! What a Saviour!1”
- Are you still trying to get on the “good side of God” through your own efforts and merit – thinking that
you can earn enough points to be saved from the penalty for your sins? Stop! Humbly thank God for His grace to you.
- Are you feeling disappointed that God has not answered your prayers in the way that you think He should? Trust His plans for your life. He has already demonstrated the depth, width, and breadth of His love and wisdom in planning and achieving your salvation. As we trust in God for salvation, surely we can trust Him for everything else.
Dear Lord, You have done so much for me by providing salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We know that His work on the cross, not my inadequate works, is what makes salvation possible. Forgive me for taking my salvation for granted. Restore to me the joy of our salvation and revive my hearty to the priceless salvation I have in Christ. Help me renew my commitment to you daily. May You find me faithful in all the issues of life, great and small. I know that You are faithful, now let me be found faithful to You as well. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
1 From “Hallelujah, What a Saviour!” by Phillip P. Bliss.