Thursday, June 25, 2015

God forgives

Luke 24:1-12
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.  But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

Think on your a sin.
Think on it.
Pause and feel its weight in your heart, your life, your hand.

The Bible Point we explore today is that God has the power to forgive. We shout, “HOLD ON!”

In Jesus Christ, we see the depth of God’s love.  God was willing to give himself for our sake.  Taking on condemnation. Taking up the cross.  Dying for our sake.  Rising from the dead defeating sin and evil for our sake.

Because of God’s great love for us, Jesus takes the weight of our sin and sets us free. Freed from sin. Free to serve. Free to forgive.  Free to love God and love others.

Loving Lord,
thank you
for taking our sins
upon yourself.
Thank you
for your self-giving
sacrificial love.
Help us live out your love in our lives.
Help us share your love with others, especially young others.
Help us grow in our relationship with you.
Through Christ our Lord,


This week Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church is celebrating God's power through Vacation Bible School. These devotional thoughts follow our daily theme.

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