Friday, April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016: Our Life Saver

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 106  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …   Please take the time to take in a video of the Gaither Band singing the great Gaither classic He Touched Me,… declaring the reality of what happens when our Savior rescues a sin-deadened life to a healed life eternal.

Highlight Passage:  Hebrews 10:14 [NKJV] … 
14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.  
… Through the Lord’s one sacrifice those who receive His saving grace are rescued from the death of their sin forever.
Highlight Context – Hebrews 10:5-18 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus, our Messiah, came to rescue mankind from the death of our sins.

Reference Passage #1 - John 3:16-17 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  ...  
… God’s love given to all of us who believe in Him and repent of our sins.

Reference Passage #2 - Romans 10:9-13 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  
… Jesus’ finished work on the cross rescues any/all who’re willing to believe in Him enough to repent of our sins and receive His saving grace.

Reference Passage #3 - Galatians 1:3-5 [NKJV] …  
3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. 
… Paul’s prayer that and/all who believe in Christ would be rescued from this evil age.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Bill Crowder, told a story of sacrifice and rescue which happened on the Titanic. He wrote: W. T. Stead, an innovative English journalist at the turn of the 20th century, was known for writing about controversial social issues. Two of the articles he published addressed the danger of ships operating with an insufficient ratio of lifeboats to passengers. Ironically, Stead was aboard the Titanic when it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912. According to one report, after helping women and children into lifeboats, Stead sacrificed his own life by giving up his life vest and a place in the lifeboats so others could be rescued. 

And such a sacrifice to save others becomes a picture - a shadow - of what our Lord did on the cross with His one-time, ultimate sacrifice, so that sinners like me could be brought from death to life … i.e., rescued unto eternity by His blood. Yes, as Bill Gather wrote in his classic song, [linked above] He Touched Me and made me whole.

 So, take in the song and the image of our Life Saver above, meditating on His word, to celebrate, with thanks giving, our rescue today. My friend, Jesus is our Rescuer, … our Redeemer, … the One Who has rescued us from death to life. And for that I proclaim (maybe you too) a resounding … HALLELUJAH!!!

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … thank You for sending Your Son to rescue me from my sin and give me eternal life. Amen  

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