For the Sake of You

We have countless reasons to be grateful to the Lord for who He is and for what He’s done. The Word
continues to feed us reasons why we can praise the Lord and meditate on His goodness this season.
Look at what Peter says in 1 Peter chapter 1:
“It is true that He was chosen and foreordained (destined and foreknown for it) before the foundation of the world, but He was brought out to public view (made manifest) in these last days (at the end of the times) for the sake of you.” 1 Peter 1:20
Jesus literally gave up His perfect existence in heaven so that we would have a true picture of God and have God walking among us. He did say that if we’ve seen Him, we’ve seen the father. We’ve seen the love, the relationship, the grace and forgiveness of God in Jesus. He did that for you and for me. It makes us love Him even more. What’s even more wonderful is that He chose us individually for relationship with Him. Paul tells us in Ephesians that:
“Even as in His love He chose us (actually picked us out for Himself as His own) in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will (because it pleased Him and was His kind intent) – so that we might be to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:4-5
Think of that! You were picked out to be His friend and to live in His kingdom before the earth ever was. We can never doubt His love for us if we truly understand and believe this truth. Jesus wants relationship with you. He wants time with you. He wants to meet you in worship. He wants to feed you and strengthen you in His Word. He wants to refresh you and teach you by the Holy Spirit. Do you think you don’t deserve this kind of blessing? Jesus paid the price so you can:
“Walk in love, (esteeming and delighting in one another) as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God (for you, so that it became) a sweet fragrance.” Ephesians 5:2
We can be all and we can have all that Jesus purchased for us. We can live a blessed life in the kingdom, free from sin and its repercussions. We can truthfully say, “I have been crucified with Christ (in Him I have shared His crucifixion); it is no longer I who live, but Christ the Messiah lives in me; and the live I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20
As Christmas approaches, remember how much He truly loves you and has planned for relationship with you. Love Him and worship Him!
Pastor Laurie

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