THE ROAD to and from the Cross was a brutal and beautiful journey. Jesus willingly chose to lay down his life. His life was not taken from him; his life was given by Him. This week I challenge you to consider the truths of the Gospel imparted to us because of Christ’s willingness to travel this road. This Scripture guide is adapted from A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent. It is a good read and I recommend it.
God’s gifts are all of grace, and there is nothing we can do to earn them. However, the wise believer (follower of Christ) will live in a position where God’s gracious gifts are rightly and regularly experienced.
I pray this guide will help you position yourself this week before the Lord with a right heart, spirit, mind, and body. Please take the time to look up the Scriptures and ponder them. Meditate on the Word of God.
What affect did pondering the Gospel have on the Apostle Paul? Paul bares his soul in Romans 9 when he says, “I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ, for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” As Paul comes down from the heights of pondering the greatness of the Gospel recorded in the chapters leading up to this quote, his heart is devastated with a burden for his fellow-Jews to experience the saving power of the Gospel. Over time, our joy in the Gospel becomes tinged with grief, and this grief-stained joy will lend a God-inspired passion to reach those far from God with his love.
Lord, I am grateful that you came to seek what was lost. Thank you for seeking me. May the truth of your grace and love always cause in me a passion to share your Gospel with those who do not know you. May I love them as you have loved me. I pray this will not simply be an act of obedience in my life, but a result of passion. May others know you because of me. Specifically, Lord, I pray for the salvation of _____________, _______________, and _______________. Grant me the boldness to share the Gospel with them leading up to Easter Sunday and I pray they will join me for worship on the day we especially focus on and celebrate your resurrection. Amen.