Day 7 — Sunday, January 24 Upward Focus on God’s Self-Sacrifice
Today, on the last day of our upward prayer focus, we are praising God for His self-sacrifice. It has always amazed me that the God who should have condemned me, died for me. The God who should have punished me, took the punishment I deserved. The all-powerful, all-knowing, holy God died in place of sinners. God willingly did this to save us. Is that truth not worthy of shouts of praise to God? Romans 5:6–11 tells us (emphasis mine),
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person — though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die — but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
From God’s perspective, the only way God could have saved us was to die in our place. You see, all of us have sinned and, therefore, we all deserve God’s just punishment for our rebellion. So we needed someone who was blameless to take the punishment we deserved. The only sinless one is God. So God, in His loving mercy and grace, sent Jesus to die in our place. Jesus, who is both fully God and fully man, willingly died in place of sinners so that we might be forgiven by God.
- Have you experienced the forgiveness of God by trusting in Jesus who died for sinners? If not, you can ask God to forgive you now and place your faith in Jesus.
- If you have experienced God’s forgiveness, how precious is the self-sacrifice of Jesus to you? Tell God now.
Today’s short but powerful prayer (SBPP) is, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Praise God for that truth throughout today.
Meditate further on the self-sacrifice of God by listening to Forever Reign by Hillsong