Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 31, 2016: Free Indeed

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 31

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Nichole Nodeman singing her song … Finally Free, expressing the truth that Christ came to set us free from the bondage of our sin and selfishness.

Highlight Passage:   Luke 4:18 [NKJV] …
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; … to proclaim liberty to the captives … “ 
… He came for me (and for you)!!
Highlight Context – Luke 4:18-30 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Jesus proclaims His mission from the prophesy of the Messiah in Isaiah 61:1-2.

Reference Passage #1 - John 3: 16-17 [NKJV] …
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 
… He came to save those He loves … everyone who believes on His Name.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Bill Crowder, used an atheist author, Franz Kafka, to make a point. He wrote: In his novels The Trial and The Castle, Franz Kafka (1883–1924) portrays life as a dehumanizing existence that turns people into a sea of empty faces without identity or worth. Kafka said, “The conveyer belt of life carries you on, no one knows where. One is more of an object, a thing, than a living creature.” 

Really, without the intervention of Christ, Franz Kafka’s non-believing portrayal of life is absolutely accurate. Life, without a God intervening to save us, is totally meaningless. It is dog-eat-dog or the man with the biggest stick wins. Without Christ’s bloodshed on the cross as the Lamb of God, life would be a death sentence of selfishness and bondage to sin.

But over 700 years before Christ died on that cross, a Prophet predicted that a Messiah would come to set us free [see Isaiah 61:1-2]; and one day a man named Jesus walked into a Jewish synagogue and declared that HE was the one anointed to set mankind free [see Luke 4 linked above]; … and He did just that by dying on the cross, being raised again from the dead, and ascending into Heaven; … one day to come again and take all who believe and live in Him to be with Him in eternity.

He came for me in my prison of sin and set me free. And my friend, he came for you too.

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … I’m free at last and forever because of You. Amen

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