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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Today's Verse : Acts 2:23


February 23, 2012

"[Jesus] was handed over to you by God's set purpose and
foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to
death by nailing him to the cross."
-- Acts 2:23

When we think of the Cross, two words we must never associate
with it are the words "tragic accident." Peter makes very clear
that two separate streams of power converged at the cross. Evil had
its way and brought the Son of God to the Cross. God had his plan
and he allowed the cross to happen to redeem us. The Cross was no
accident. What hell had intended as our ultimate defeat, God used
to bring us redemption and triumph. The best and worst of all
things collided. Of course the Cross wasn't the ultimate answer in
this battle; the empty tomb and the resurrected Lord are. We are
the victorious recipients of this grace, paid at such an agonizing
cost, administered in such a cruel manner by our greatest
adversary, and secured by Jesus' triumph over the grave.

Holy God, thank you for having a plan in place that insures that
my sins can be forgiven and my future with you is secured. Thank
you for paying the price for that plan to work. Thank you for
triumphing over the wickedness of hell and the work of evil people.
I love you so much for all you are and all you have done for me. In
Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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