He is Zealous for You - August 9th
Thus says the LORD of hosts: "I am zealous for Zion with great zeal; With great fervor I am zealous for her."
It's hard to imagine that the God of the universe would be zealous for us. After all, there is nothing we can do to earn God's zeal. We have all sinned against Him and chased after other things. Yet God steps out of Heaven, walks to the cross and lays down His life for us. With this graphic demonstration, God forever declares His love and zeal for mankind.
10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
What amazing love, and yet we often lose sight of it. Friend, if you find yourself struggling with loneliness, depression or anxiety... look to the cross. As you come to grips with the overwhelming love of God demonstrated on the cross, you will find joy. Even if the entire world deserts you and nothing seems to be going your way, reflecting on the cross and what it means for us changes everything. Because of Jesus' death, we have eternal life. Because of His blood spilled on the cross, we have the forgiveness of sins. Because of His resurrection, we now have hope of rising again. This is the Truth that can change the world. Experience it. Live it. Share it.
Life Lesson: The cross is evidence of God's zeal for us.
I praise You for the cross. Because of Your great sacrifice, I have everything I need for life and for eternity. Father, give me the eternal perspective I need to overcome my fears and doubts. Help me to remember the cross so that I will continue to rejoice in my salvation and have the passion to share it with others. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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