Devotional for Sunday Mar 17, 2013:
Because of His Gift
I want to know Christ and the power that
raised him from the dead. I want to share in his
sufferings and become like him in his death.
Trace the path of this Savior, the God who swapped heavenly royalty for earthly poverty. His bed became, at best, a borrowed pallet - and usually the hard earth. He was dependent on handouts for his income. He was sometimes so hungry he would eat raw grain or pick fruit off a tree. He knew what it meant to have no home. He was ridiculed. His neighbors tried to lynch him. Some called him a lunatic. His family tried to confine him to their house. His friends weren't always faithful to him.
He was accused of a crime he never committed. Witnesses were hired to lie. The jury was rigged. A judge swayed by politics handed down the death penalty.
The killed him.
And why? Because of the gift that only he could give.
The Applause of Heaven