Holy Week Saturday Evening Devotional

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Holy Week Saturday Evening Devotional

April 16, 2022

“The Efficacy of Jesus’ Sacrifice”

Hebrews 1:1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom He also made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power…

We began this devotional journey thinking about the terrible cost of sin.  Tonight, as we end our journey on the eve of resurrection, we consider God’s wonderful answer to the world’s sin problem.  From the first moments of creation, God has always moved toward humanity in love.  And humanity has always responded to this love with selfishness and sin.  It is our fundamental problem – our sin nature.  And so, we see the scene of our own condition unfold throughout the biblical history, our sin nature recoils from God’s invitational love.  Yet, from the beginning, God knows there is only one way to deal with the corruption inherent in our spiritual DNA finally and forever.  As our verse tonight reads, in these last days God has spoken to us in His Son – Jesus, Who is both “the radiance of God’s glory” and “the exact representation of God’s nature.”

Let us anchor down on that last phrase because it speaks so powerfully about the efficacy of Jesus’ sacrifice.  It is the nature of God to love us immutably.  This immutable love of God for us requires a hatred of that which would harm or devalue us.  So, when we say God is love, we are also saying with the same resolve that God is against sin.  What mother is there who loves a child and also loves that which hurts the child?  What father can place his beloved child in a den of poisonous snakes?  Any earthly parent is simply doing their job when they protect and rescue their children.  God cannot be less than us when it comes to parenting.  Jesus is the exact representation of this immutable nature of God.  Out of His great love for us, He provides an answer to our sin problem that only He can give, Himself.

Just as we think of the spiritual suffering Jesus endures for us on the cross, we cannot but also consider the great redemption being worked by His death.  God in Christ will die to save you and me because only God in Christ can.  His death is not inconsequential, it is not a last stab to try before He moves onto something else.  From the foundations of the world, God knew this was the One way to give life to those who would rather choose death. The cross of Christ is the denouement of humanity’s story. It is the consummation of the ages, as the Hebrew writer says.  At the cross of Jesus, death is arrested, sin is defeated, and forgiveness is gained.

This is why we worship with songs like Brandon Lake’s, “Graves into Gardens.”  As we close our devotional time, consider the lyrics of this worship song.

 

I searched the world but it couldn’t fill me

Man’s empty praise and treasures that fade

Are never enough

Then You came along and put me back together

And every desire is now satisfied

Here in Your love 

Oh, there’s nothing better than You

There’s nothing better than You

Lord, there’s nothing

Nothing is better than You

I’m not afraid to show You my weakness

My failures and flaws Lord, You’ve seen them all

And You still call me friend

‘Cause the God of the mountain is the God of the valley

There’s not a place Your mercy and grace

Won’t find me again

Oh, there’s nothing better than You

There’s nothing better than You

Lord, there’s nothing

Nothing is better than You

Oh, there’s nothing better than You

There’s nothing better than You

Lord, there’s nothing

Nothing is better than You

You turn mourning to dancing

You give beauty for ashes

You turn shame into glory

You’re the only one who can

You’re the only one who can

You’re the only one who can

You’re the only one who can