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Undeserving Day 17

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Scripture: Matthew 25:31-34, 41, 46 31 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world…” 41Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels…”  46 Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

Devotional: On this day during Holy Week, Jesus taught in the temple and called out the religious leaders for their hypocrisy, then withdrew to the Mount of Olives where he taught the now famous Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:1 – 25:46, Mark 13:1-37,  Luke 21:5-36).

In this teaching, Jesus speaks of the judgment that awaits mankind, judgment we surely all deserve because of our sin.  But Jesus’ message also holds out hope for those who embrace Him as Messiah and are clothed with the righteousness of Christ.  Judgment is deserved, but mercy is given.

 This teaching is hard, because none of us want to imagine anyone’s fate being cursed, eternal judgment.  But the reality is, we are all offered the gift of salvation and eternal life.  That is why Jesus died.  Have you received this gift?

Reflect

  • As you read these words of Jesus, are you assured of your inheritance in the Kingdom of God? You can know that you have received eternal life when you receive Christ as your Lord and Savior.  1John 5:13 says: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

 

  • If you are uncertain, there is no time like the present to pray a prayer of surrender, acknowledge Christ’s sacrifice on your behalf, and receive Christ as your Savior.  Let us know if you take this step by emailing us at  , we would love to send you a Bible and information for next steps in your spiritual journey.

 

  • If you are walking in the blessed assurance of your salvation, who do you know who needs to hear this Good News? Pray for them now.

 

 

Undeserving Day 16

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Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11 5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Devotional: In today’s passage, we see Jesus forsaking His equality with God and humbling himself by taking the lowest form of a servant.  He humbled himself to the point of death, and as a result God exalted Him to the highest place.

How often do you find yourself seeking to elevate yourself rather than to humbly forsake whatever position you feel you deserve? Certainlyto do so is counter cultural.  But God’s calling to us is to be just that - different from the world. 

Reflect:

  • As you consider this great sacrifice on your behalf and ponder the exhortation to have the same attitude of Jesus Christ, what needs to happen in the deepest part of you in order for this to take root in your life?

 

 

 

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