May 25, 2008
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Have you ever had the tables turned on you?
It was only last year that I heard about a mother and father who raised their daughter by using psychology. At bedtime they would say something like, "Would you like to take your doll or your teddy bear to bed?" You see, the beauty of this is that whatever decision the child made, she was going to bed.
Of course, children are always learning and it was no different for this little three-year-old girl. Although she was never allowed to go outside after supper, one night she said to her parents, "Do you want me to go out the back door, or should I go out the front door?"
Centuries ago, the Lord Jesus-just like that little girl-turned the tables.
Because of sin, all humanity had been condemned to die forever. Since no one had been able to break the pattern of sin and death, humanity had no hope. That is, until Jesus turned the tables.
Jesus lived His life without sin and fulfilled every law. He died for us, carrying all of the wrongdoing we had ever committed to the cross. Even though death seemed unconquerable, Jesus turned the tables.
On the third day, He rose from the grave and assured everyone who believes in Him that they would someday do the same. Because all this is so, Christians can celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of a Savior who has turned the tables.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER:Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for turning the tables. Because You lived Your life without sin, died on the cross carrying our sins, and conquered death by Your resurrection, we can celebrate the promise of eternal life. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries