Thursday March 18, 2021
Today’s Reading: Galatians 1:1-5
…Who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father…
Reflection: Jesus gave His life to save us from our sin. The Apostle Paul tells the Church in Galatia that this was all according to God’s Will to rescue all believers from the “present evil age.” But if Jesus has completed His perfect Work on the Cross to save us from evil, from sin, then why is evil still present around us?
One day, Jesus will completely remove us from the presence of evil. Either when He returns in Glory, or when He calls us home to be with Him, we will be safe in His Goodness. No longer will we be subject to temptation or suffer the pain of sin inflicted upon us by others. On that day, we will rest in perfect peace with Him. But until that time comes, we rest in the salvation from the power of evil over us. While we struggle in our own flesh to resist the temptation of sin, we are assured that our Savior has already taken away its power to separate us from God. Because of Jesus, we are not controlled by sin any longer. Our Lord has given given us the choice to live under His authority instead of sin’s authority. For that we can be grateful. The Grace and Peace that we receive from Jesus Christ is a Grace that is unmerited but given freely, and a Peace which surpasses all understanding because of all that the Lord has done for us.
Prayer: Merciful Lord, You have saved us from sin. You have taken away its power that once bound us and claimed us for death. You will one day take the complete presence of sin and evil away, in order that we will experience Your Presence in its fullness. Thank You for all that You have done for me. Thank You for Your Grace which I have not earned and Your Peace which I cannot comprehend. You are so good, Lord. Please help me to continually live with Your Salvation in the forefront my mind. Remind me to trust in Your Salvation as I live each day for You. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN.
Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Galatians 1; Jeremiah 47-48; Psalm 142