Friday, July 12, 2013

The Promise

Scripture: Matthew 13:35

This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: "I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD."

Insights:  These past two weeks we have learned that the King offered His Kingdom and the people rejected it.  Did this rejection mess God’s plan up?  Is He in heaven making alterations to His original idea?  Was Jesus’ judgment on the people for rejecting His offer a tacked on event that was not supposed to have happened?  I think today’s verse clearly tells us this change in direction on the part of our Lord and Savior Jesus was directly in line with God’s original intent.  Before the foundation of the world God knew His Son would be rejected.  He, therefore, had Asaph hundreds of years before this thirteenth chapter wrote those words found in today’s verse in a prophetic way pointing to the actions of His Son, Jesus.  In other words, God’s schedule is right on course and time.  He is not making last minute alterations as He goes along.  Rather this verse declares God is sovereign and everything happens as He desires.  In many ways, this verse is a promise to us from God.  If everything is proceeding as God designed it, then His Son’s substitutionary death for your sins and mine was perfectly conceived by Him as the way of salvation for His creation.  A promise of salvation is being offered to you.  Remember back to yesterday for a moment.  None of us are staying in a stagnant position when it comes to Lord Jesus.  We are either sinking deeper and deeper into darkness away from Him or we are being brought higher and higher into His glorious light.  If you will turn and repent of your sins and cry out for Jesus to save you, He will.  He will begin a journey in which He increases His illumination of spiritual truth until finally someday you shall know as you are known in the eternal presence of the living Lord.  I am so grateful God extends the promise to us.  I pray you will enter into that relationship with Jesus if you have not done so. 

  1. Have you received the promise of salvation offered to you by Jesus Christ?
  2. If you have not, what is holding you back from such a great gift and promise?
Prayer: Father, thank You that You have saved me.  I pray You will burden the hearts of those who are not Your children and draw on them to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Amen.

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