Monday, March 27, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum


Redeeming Christ

Rebecca Jacob
MTC of New Jersey, Randolph

Romans 8: 37: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ ?

The Epistle of Paul to the Romans encapsulates the keynote message of Christianity - the Gospel message of Love, Forgiveness, Redemption and Salvation.
Once there was a little boy who made a toy sailboat. One day he decided to try it on the lake in the city park. It was a beautiful day and he had a great time. In the evening he tied it to the dock and went home. But the next day, the boat was gone. Several days later, as the little boy was walking through the city streets, he spotted a boat just like his in a store window. When he got closer, he could see -- sure enough -- it was his! He hurried to the store manager and said : "Sir, that's my boat in your window! I made it!" But the manager replied, "Sorry, son, but someone else brought it in this morning. If you want it, you'll have to buy it." The little boy looked at the price tag and ran home and counted all the money he had, just enough for the boat. When he reached the store, he rushed to the counter. "Here's the money for my boat." As he left the store, he hugged his boat and said, "Now you're twice mine. First, I made you and now I bought you." 
This story is a beautiful illustration of what God did for us through His only Son Jesus Christ. In other words, first God created us and now God redeemed us by giving up His only Son as a ransom for many. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? The question was answered even before it was ever asked. And the answer is Nothing. The Cross is a constant reminder that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus - our gracious Redeemer.

PRAYER

Our Gracious Heavenly Father, we are grateful for the gift of Your only Son and our Savior. We thank You for the gift of salvation through the redemptive work of Jesus at the Cross. Help us to love You with all our hearts. We ask in Jesus' name, Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
 Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6