Saturday, December 23
Scripture Reading: Luke 24:4-8; Psalms 16:8-11, 110:1; Acts 2:25-28; Job 19:25; Hosea 6:2
Imagine the defining moment of your life. That event that changed you, redirected you, set the course of your life. Write it down.
What is Jesus’ defining moment, that single act that fulfilled all that God sent him to do? His birth? Certainly, he was born divine, miraculously. It proved he was God. But then he lived as a man. Pain, sorrow, hardship. He experienced it all, everything that we feel. So, what was the moment that changed history? Was it his healings, preaching, or miracles? No, the single event in his life that changed human destiny was the sacrifice, His crucifixion. Then came the proof, his Resurrection!
His crucifixion was the battle, his resurrection was the victory. “He is not here; he has risen!” was the declaration from God, spoken by angels. These words rocked earth’s very foundation. Mankind was reunited with God. History pivoted in a new direction. Conquering death, Jesus enabled you to conquer death.
Imagine the pit of hopelessness you would be trapped in if not for this event which changed the course of your very life. Forgiveness. Freedom. Eternal life! Despair turns to Celebration. Hallelujah!
“This season, Jesus, we pray that everyone celebrating your birth, will also understand your destiny. Not simply your death, but your sacrifice and resurrection. The conquering moment they can have as their own.”