The Greatest Grace (10 January 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read

Long ago in many ways and at many times God’s prophets spoke his message to our ancestors. But now at last, God sent his Son to bring his message to us. God created the universe by his Son, and everything will someday belong to the Son. God’s Son has all the brightness of God’s own glory and is like him in every way. By his own mighty word, he holds the universe together.
(Hebrews 1. 1-3)

Reflect

Jesus is, by a long margin, God’s greatest gift of grace to us. God gives us life and we turn from him. He gives us creation and we despoil it. He gives us one another and we trample on each other. Despite this God doesn’t hold back but sends his own Son - and “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!” (John 3.17) And Jesus came revealing what God’s grace looked like in day to day live: healing, forgiving, reconciling, welcoming, and transforming lives.

Respond

A life open to Jesus is a life open to the grace which reshapes us from the inside out. So ask Jesus to reveal himself to you in a fresh way today. Be sure to keep alert for an answer to that prayer!

Midday Meditation:

“When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves - that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience.”
N. T. Wright

Evening Reflection:

O Lord my God,
teach me to seek you,
for I cannot seek you
unless you teach me,
or find you
unless you show yourself to me.
Let me seek you in my desire,
let me desire you in my seeking.
Let me find you by loving you,
let me love you when I find you.
(St Anselm of Canterbury)

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