By Toni Smothers
Scripture Reading for the day: Romans 3:11-18
Scripture Quote: “For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:19 (NASB)
Christ’s righteousness was earned by living a perfect life in full obedience to the Father’s will - No other person has even come close to His perfection. Yet, God allowed Jesus to take on the sin of the entire world and pay the ultimate price for it by giving up His very life as an acceptable sacrifice before God for our sakes. His righteousness has become our own through God’s infinite mercy.
If there was ever anything more mysterious than God’s plan for our salvation, I don’t know what that could be. Imputing Jesus’ righteousness to us is the most remarkable, sacrificial, mysterious act of compassion that ever was or will be. It stands apart from the very best thing that has ever happened to you here in this lifetime. You didn’t deserve it, you just accepted it and Christ’s sacrificial death on a cross has reconciled you to the Father as clean and sinless as Christ Himself. The only appropriate response to that is wonder and praise.
Today’s meditation: Christians are a chosen and blessed people. Praise God!
Memory Verse: “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” John 17:24 (NASB)