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Verse of the Day

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Miracle of Restoration

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:6-9

Key Verse: Isaiah 53:6 - All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Salvation is eternally linked to Jesus Christ. It was Hid death on Calvary’s cross that paid the penalty for our sin. Nothing we can do equals what Jesus did for us. This is why the apostle Paul wrote that salvation is a gift. The word grace is also linked to the message of salvation. The grace of God is His goodness manifested toward us. No one, on his own, is worthy of God’s salvation. “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.” (Isaiah 53:6) We are saved by God’s grace - His goodness demonstrated toward us. And those God saves, He keeps. He will not cast us away or refuse us the love that He so willingly gives. However, believers need to be mindful that sin steals the joy that salvation brings. Even if you have known Christ for many years, sin will darken your life and blind you to the wonder of God’s grace. After his sin with Bathsheba, David prayed, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation” (Psalm 51:12). Joy is the evidence of God’s work in our lives. Sin brings His displeasure and judgment, but obedience brings joy to our hearts. David did not ask God merely to make him happy. He prayed for the restoration of joy, which is more than an emotional expression. It is the evidence of a heart that found its contentment in God.

Lord, thank You for Your unchanging promise - eternal life through Jesus Christ. Thank You for the gift of salvation secured at the Cross.