Daily Easter Devotion Tuesday, April 23rd

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 – Psalm 116; Jeremiah 30:10-17; Colossians 1:15-23 and Luke 6:12-26

Colossians 1:15-23 – 15He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers — all things have been created through him and for him. 17He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

21And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him — 23provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.

The opening verses of today’s reading reminds me of the opening words in the Gospel of John.

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

God created us to be in an abiding relationship with him. God sent his Son to show how great his love was for us and to reconcile all things to him. God: the Father/Creator, Son/Redeemer and Holy Spirit/Sustainer has been active in the reconciliation of humanity since the beginning of time. God is active even today in reconciling us with him; the very God-self. When we look closely at Jesus’ life, we see the love of God at work in reaching out to humanity, healing them and offering unto them an abiding relationship with God.

God’s love is so great for us. When someone does something that overwhelms us our response is to say THANKS! All acts of kindness shown to us; all gifts given to us (even all added together) pale in comparison to what God has done for us through His Son, Jesus Christ.

In Psalm 116 we hear;

5   Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
our God is merciful.  ….

12  What shall I return to the LORD
for all his bounty to me?
13   I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the LORD,
14  I will pay my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people.

Friends, may we dedicate our life to living to honor God, give God all the glory and honor for what he has done not only for us, but for all creation, in giving his Son and his Son giving his life, so we can have life.

O God, forgive me for taking for granted your love shown unto all humanity in Jesus Christ. May I show my deep love for you, by dedicating my life anew to you and to being a vessel of your love given to all people. Amen.

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