July 23 (Psalm 49:7-9)
Truly no man can ransom another,
I cannot die to save you, and you cannot die to save me. We can do many things to serve each other and may even rescue each other’s life on earth, but you cannot ransom me, and I cannot ransom you from eternal death. Each of us is too valuable for that.
Are some dots starting to connect? Stay with the logic here. If no human being alone can ransom another human being, yet Jesus ransomed us with His life so that we might indeed “live on forever and never see the pit,” then Jesus was not merely human. He was God in the flesh. Now let that one sink in. Jesus is God, which means He always was God, is God right now, and always will be God. Jesus is God.
Jesus is not a self-help guru. He is not the author of some really neat motivational quotations. He is God. Jesus is not your magic genie to grant each wish. He is not one more good teacher among many. He is God. He could snap His finger and all of creation would be on its knees. Instead, He suffered and died so you could live forever. It is no wonder that Thomas cried out, “My Lord and my God!”
Lord Jesus, may Your praise ever be on my lips, my life a living sacrifice to Your glory. May I seek to praise You more than seek something from You. May my life’s work be your honor. Amen.
Copyright © 2017 by Steven R. Perkins