What has Christ done for me?
I made a choice; and in that choice – God killed the old, unwanted and undesirable me, and a new me came into existence. He raised me from the dead. Resurrection must be must be proceeded by death. A wonderful exchange happened – I had nothing to do with it, yet it was all done for me.
“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” ~Colossians 3:1-3 (NASB)
A wonderful realization occurred today, as I listened to the Resurrection Sunday message - that all the change I needed were done the instant that I chose to believe that all was done for me. Every request to change my heart, to modify my behavior or believe that God is present is the truth He gave through the cross. Gratitude, peace, assurance and a convergence of the heart and mind takes place every time I think about what He did.
“And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.” ~Matthew 27:51 (ESV)
“Today my savior died for me. For me, He came down from His eternal throne. Destined to endure the life of human flesh; pain, cold, thirst, hunger, hurt, humiliation, sadness, heat, sand, dirt, frustration, discomfort, abuse, alienation, betrayal. He freely came down from His Kingdom throne, gave up His position as King of kings to live as flesh with all it’s frailties – for me. The God of eternity freely allowed Himself to live that way – to be tried and tested and tortured- for me. He freely stood upon a hill in the world He created, He was mounted painfully on the tree He created; humiliated, betrayed and tortured by the life He created. His love did that for me.” ~Sue King
I already have the power I need to do what is best for my life. What’s best is to choose well in my life, to live well in this life and to honor His life. The enemy will continue to speak to and within the flesh, but it is the voice I choose to hear that will give life a meaning beyond measure. To ignore the enemy that speaks to the ‘me that is dead”. It is His words, that I will respond to, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” ~John 11:25-26
Yes, I believe this… and death does not contain me – for it could not contain Him.
Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” ~Romans 6:1-7 (NIV)
That is what Christ has done for me, for my friend Sue, and He has done for you…
Have you chosen well?
© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta and Sue King
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