Devotionals Daily: A Year with Jesus

 

From Grace for the Moment: Morning and Evening Edition by Max Lucado

Because of His Gift

I want to know Christ and the power that raised him from the dead. I want to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death. - PHILIPPIANS 3:10

Trace the path of this Savior, the God who swapped heavenly royalty for earthly poverty. His bed became, at best, a borrowed pallet—and usually the hard earth. He was dependent on handouts for his income.

He was sometimes so hungry he would eat raw grain or pick fruit off a tree. He knew what it meant to have no home. He was ridiculed. His neighbors tried to lynch him. Some called him a lunatic. His family tried to confine him to their house. His friends weren’t always faithful to him. He was accused of a crime he never committed. Witnesses were hired to lie. The jury was rigged. A judge swayed by politics handed down the death penalty.

They killed him.

And why? Because of the gift that only he could give.

- THE APPLAUSE OF HEAVEN

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