Week Thirty Eight
No One Else
1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people
Quote from Pray While You’re Prey:
“I can only imagine how God feels when we act ashamed of Him or brush Him off, choosing things of this world over Him, because He definitely loves us and showed us the ultimate demonstration of love when he sacrificed His only Son.”
I am not sure when you are reading this, but I wrote it the night before Palm Sunday. The prior week, I had writer’s block and could not think of anything encouraging to write; so, though I was frustrated about it, I decided that I should not write a devotion and try again later. I did not want to just throw something together. I wanted to be inspired by God to write what people need to hear. So, I tried again today. I scrolled down the page to my planned topic for this week of the devotions and I saw No One Else. I immediately knew that I needed to write this on the weekend of Palm Sunday, which is celebrated the week prior to Resurrection Day (or as most people refer to it, Easter).
Palm Sunday celebrates the time when Jesus was praised, about a week before those same people praising Him would shout, “Crucify Him!” Jesus, the blameless, Almighty, all-powerful, Son of God would be heralded as a savior one week and pay the ultimate sacrifice the next week. And, He chose to be that sacrifice despite the fact that the very people He came to save treated Him like garbage. But, let’s not be so haughty as to condemn those people before we look in the mirror and ask ourselves how we treat Jesus.
This devotion series is not just about being content while you are single; it is about allowing yourself to be devoted to Christ. It is about finding comfort and solace in Him. Have you ever praised Jesus one week only to ignore Him the next? Perhaps, it did not even take a week. Maybe it was a few days or a few hours or, dare I say, just a few minutes. We, and I am including me, are quick to offer praise when Jesus is being who we think He should be. Yet, we are quick to question Him when the circumstances of our lives are not how we wish them to be. When we do that we are no different that the people who laid down palm branches to honor Him one day and spit on Jesus just a few days later.
Jesus could have said, “Daddy, I don’t want to do this.” Make no mistake about this, Jesus did not have to die for our sins. He showed a love that we cannot even fathom. He showed a love that NO ONE ELSE would dare show. Can you imagine dying for the people who treat you like dirt? I can’t, but Jesus did. He gave Himself as a ransom for you and me and for all people; for anyone who would accept Him as Lord and Savior.
So, really examine your heart. Do you appreciate that no one else has done for you what Jesus did? No boyfriend, girlfriend, significant other or spouse could even come close to that kind of love. So, shouldn’t we be more desperate to get close to the One who died for us than we are for our human relationships. It is not that relationships are bad. I will be so grateful when God sends me my forever husband, but I cannot forget His sacrifice because no one else will ever love me that.
Thank You, God for Your Son, Jesus Christ,
the One and Only mediator.
Please forgive me for taking Your Sacrifice
for granted and complaining or thinking that You don’t love me
because I don’t get my way.
Lord, please help me to always remember Your loving gift
at Calvary’s cross and to Honor You above all others.
In Jesus’ Name,
*Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©1984, unless otherwise indicated.
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