This week’s devotions are a summary of Promise Keepers 2018-2019 DISRUPTIVE conferences.
Bible Verse: John 3:16
Scripture Reading: John 3:16-21
In the beginning, Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world. Then they ate a fruit from the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The result was sin’s disruption – a disruption that permanently changed everything. The bible is not a rule book, but a grace narrative of how God purposefully works to overcome the disruption of sin with the even greater disruption of His matchless grace.
History is full of many disruptive events. Vehicles disrupted transportation methods. Wars have reordered countries and the balance of power. The internet has transformed communication. Our personal lives can be disrupted by unexpected events and circumstances beyond our control. History-altering disruptions whether local or global are a constant, but one disruption remains the greatest ever.
Jesus gave up His life and was sacrificed on the cross; the Roman capital punishment for the worst of the worst. On that day it seemed like just one more in a long line of Roman crucifixions, yet no event in history has changed the world more. His sacrifice was the ultimate creative disturbance for it was the premier display of how God’s grace works. The love of God for sinners demonstrated on the cross is a scandalous grace!
Our heavenly Father gave his one and only son for the world – for you and me. This is disruptive grace! This is the declaration of His amazing love for all. The God of lavish grace reconciles us to Himself, a standing we have no innate rights to, and saved us! (Romans 5:7-8,10). God loves us because of who He is. Jesus’ declaration “It is finished” captures the fullness of grace. God’s anger toward sin is poured out on Jesus – grace absorbs and overcomes wrath.
When I respond in faith to God’s free pardon, then God will never punish me for sin. It is finished. The price is paid in full (Romans 8:1). His blood shed on the cross covers all sin – past, present and future. God’s redemption made possible through the sacrifice of God the Son is the greatest disruption ever.
What does it look like to walk with Jesus, set free from the bondage of sin today?
— Rick Verkerk, Director, Conferences, Promise Keepers Canada
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