Theme of the Week: Holy Week: Choosing the Cross
Friday, April 18, 2014
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Key Bible Verses: I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Revelation 19:11, 16, NIV)
Dig Deeper: Revelation 1:1-18
How easily Christ could have escaped condemnation! After all, he had seen through every maneuver of his captors from the beginning of time. But Jesus willingly let the authorities stamp condemned across the story of his life. He let himself be condemned so that we could escape to new life and look forward to an eternity enjoying forgiveness in his presence.
What the authorities in Jerusalem did not know the day of Jesus's crucifixion was that truth would triumph. The Bible tells us exactly how. …
A half-century later, the apostle John was given a vision of the future. John was a very old man by then, the last of the 12 disciples still alive. In his dream in the Spirit, a voice told him, "Write on a scroll what you see … " (Rev. 1:11, NIV et al.).
What he saw and recorded was not Jesus condemned by earthly powers, but Jesus coming again as majestic King of kings and Lord of lords. John saw Jesus not riding in on a borrowed donkey, but thundering back into history astride a magnificent white horse. "His eyes are like blazing fire," John wrote in Revelation 19:12, "and on his head are many crowns."
And what was this rider called? Faithful and True.
—Michael Card in A Violent Grace
My Response: I will spend time praising Christ for being the faithful, true, and triumphant Savior of the world.
Thought to Apply: We understand and acknowledge that the Resurrection has placed a glorious crown upon all of Christ's sufferings!—A. W. Tozer (pastor, writer)
Adapted from A Violent Grace by Michael Card (IVP, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Thank you, suffering Redeemer, for paying the price for my sin. ... And through me, in some small or large way today, bring your priceless redemption to others.—Michael Card
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