Time for Grace-April 2, 2024

Time for Grace-April 2, 2024

Psalm 118:19-24 

Open for me the gates of righteousness. I will enter them. I will give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate to the Lord. The righteous enter it. I will give you thanks because you answered me, and you have become salvation for me. The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is from the Lord. It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Dear Heavenly Father,

You have established the gate to heaven for all people; it is given to us through Your Son’s righteousness. We have only one way to enter, and that is through faith in Jesus.

Because on our own, we are corrupt, and our sinful natures prevent us from coming through the gate, much less open it; we are all far from innocent. Even if we had only sinned once in our lifetime, that blemish keeps us from entering, and we have a mountain of sin, guilt, and shame we drag with us. However, Jesus is the key to entering heaven. It is the forgiveness He won on the cross that opens Heaven’s gate.

Your perfect Son was rejected by those who should have known him, the religious leaders—those who instructed Your people. Instead of recognizing Him according to the Old Testament prophecies, they hated and resented Him and sent Him to the cross.

Through His innocent life and perfect death, the world has received Your forgiveness for our sins. However, this comes to us through Faith in Jesus; he has removed our sins and credited us with His righteousness. Your salvational plan was in place to save us; You planned that day of redemption from creation’s beginning. Jesus willingly went to the cross to carry all our sins with him. So, we hear the words of Isaiah, “By his wounds, we are healed.”

Lord, thank you for creating a plan to save us. Let us rejoice in this gift of life and share it with those who do not yet know or trust in You. Let these words create faith in them: Jesus has risen; our victory is won. Amen.

Written through Pastor Roger Emmons

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!