In accordance with the Father’s good pleasure, the eternal Son, who is equal with the Father and is the exact representation of His nature, willingly left the glory of heaven, was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin, and was born the God-man: Jesus of Nazareth. As a man, He walked on this earth in perfect obedience to the law of God. In the fullness of time, men rejected and crucified Him. On the cross, He bore man’s sin, suffered God’s wrath, and died in man’s place. On the third day, God raised Him from the dead. This resurrection is the divine declaration that the Father has accepted His Son’s death as a sacrifice for sin. Jesus paid the penalty for man’s disobedience, satisfied the demands of justice, and appeased the wrath of God. Forty days after the resurrection, the Son of God ascended into the heavens, sat down at the right hand of the Father, and was given glory, honor, and dominion over all. There, in the presence of God, He represents His people and makes requests to God on their behalf. All who acknowledge their sinful, helpless state and throw themselves upon Christ, God will fully pardon, declare righteous, and reconcile unto Himself.This is the gospel of God and of Jesus Christ, His Son
My favorite moments of the day is in the morning, enjoying a cups of good Costa Rican coffee with my Bible. What a great way to start a day! Today as I hear the birds singing, I meditate on God’s Mercy. God’s mercy brings so much comfort to my soul. A.W. Tozer helps me grasp that God’s goodness is the source of mercy. The apostle Paul communicates us that God is the “Father of mercies” (2 Cor. 1:3). God’s goodness has a goal: “our happiness”. Yet because of sin, God’s Mercy is the one attribute that we need the most. When you are arrested by a police man, you desire grace more that justice. You hope for mercy. God is holding up His justice because He’s having mercy. Mercy cannot cancel judgment apart from atonement. So God’s mercy brought Christ to the cross. On Calvary, God was actively “compassionates” to men major problem—sin. To illustrate my point, I’ll use Israel when in captivity in Egypt. Abused by a Tyrant, they cry up to God for help. God looked upon their sufferings, pitied them, and came down to help them. His kindness leads Him to actively “compassionate.” The NT counterpart would be the story of the Good Samaritan. What was the greatest need of the beat up man? To find a person who would have mercy on him, a man that would actively compassionates for him. God’s mercy cannot cancel judgment, sin has to be punished. To exercise His mercy, God’s justice demand atonement. Jesus actively compassionates for us, He took our sins on himself, become our substitute, and died on the cross. Don’t be afraid to tell God your troubles. He knows all about your troubles. Come as you are to a merciful God! Then enjoy life as never before. Start the day with a good coffee, but especially meeting, hearing the sweet voice of God through the Bible.