Today we will review the major truths discussed throughout the week. Take a moment and consider what we’ve explored. Which truths did you connect with? Which ones were difficult to understand? Allow yourself to reflect on these important truths.
Reflection on the Incarnation
Jesus came to the earth for the grieving and the hurting. God came for us. When Jesus became man, He entered into our pain. Christ willingly left the glories of heaven. Having never experienced pain, suffering, or discomfort, He left paradise for us. He came to our broken world and walked our dirty roads. He felt the sting of blisters on His feet. He shivered from cold night air and felt His stomach growl from hunger. He knew the ache of loneliness when everyone abandoned Him. Our God is not a God who watches and sympathizes from afar. He is a God who enters into our suffering with us. Because Jesus can sympathize with us in our weaknesses, we can confidently approach His throne without shame and judgment, and we can receive help. Approach Him today! Jesus, fully God, chose to also become fully man. He came to our broken world to save us. How does this truth comfort us on our darkest days?
Reflection on Jesus’ Death and Burial
In eternity past, Jesus, being fully God, was outside of time. Before He created the world, He could see the cross. The apostle John watched the Savior die on that bloody hill outside Jerusalem. Later in life, John reflected on what he saw, “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16). At the cross, Jesus defined true love.
God warned us in the beginning that the consequence of our sin was death. We chose sin, separating ourselves from God. Christ chose to take our place. The stripes on His back should have been on ours. As He hung on the cross, He took God’s wrath for us. The tomb He was buried in should have had our name on it.
Romans 8:1–2 declares, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” We are free from sin and death! If we believe Jesus died and was buried for us, freeing us from sin and death, what does this mean in our everyday life?
Reflection on Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension
To prove He had conquered sin and death, Christ rose from the dead on the third day. Colossians 1:18 calls Him “the firstborn from the dead.” While we may experience physical death, Christ’s resurrection assures us that our story doesn’t end there. We will rise from the dead just as He did. He has ascended to heaven to prepare a place for us, assuring us He will bring us to join Him (John 14:2–3).
If we believe Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, how does this give us hope in this life?
If Christ defeated sin and death through His death and resurrection, how does this change our lives? This truth allows us to live freely—to live free of condemnation because Christ has paid the price for our sin. It frees us to give our lives away, knowing that death is not our end.
As you reflect on the truths discussed throughout the week, which truth has impacted you the most? Why?
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