"The Christian's Cross"
October 3, 2008
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children. Ephesians 5:1
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
Working as a volunteer with Project JOEL, I met somebody who changed my life -- Jesus Christ. Jesus was not just a man; He was and is the only hope for all sinners. He came to us as a fulfillment of the Father's promise; He came to forgive our sins. I know I am a sinner and I repent of that. Through the Holy Spirit, I believe I am saved by God's grace through faith in Christ.
Jesus is the bridge between God and man. I think of that and am thankful for the wonderful things Jesus has done for me. This includes good health and good relationships with my family and friends. It is the cross of Christ, however, that is front and center. For by it, Jesus achieved victory once and for all. As Paul writes, "But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world" (Ephesians 6:14).
Our Father has honored the work of His Son on our behalf. He has forgiven us, and when we are forgiven by God it is complete. "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgression from us" (Psalm 103:12).
How good it is to know our sins are remembered no more.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for so great a love that You would send Your Son to die for us. By raising Him from the dead, we, too, can have newness of life. Teach us to imitate the life of Your Son in all we do. Amen.
Biography of Author:
This devotion was produced by a member of the Lutheran Hour Ministries' office in Nicaragua.
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