What’s Next, Papa!?

In a meditation from Destined to Reign Devotional by Joseph Prince, the author offers an interesting topic for reflection. “Jesus Took Your Place So That You Can Take His.” In referencing Matthew 27:46 the author suggests at Calvary’s tree, Jesus addressed His Father as “God” for the first time; “Jesus lost that Father-Son relationship when He was representing you [and I] carrying your [our] sins at the cross so that today, you [we] can call God ‘Abba! Father!'”. It challenges the psyche to ponder the notion of Jesus losing His Father-Son relationship with His father, God. How can God ever turn His back on anyone, let alone His only son, Jesus?

When Jesus absorbed everything, he absorbed E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. Our lies, cheating, painful and embarrassing secrets; even our curses and God’s anger and condemnation until God’s wrath was completely exhausted. When Jesus housed all that… stuff for us, He was at that moment too sinful for the very eyes of God to behold. Jesus took the wrap for us, so in our time of need, we can rest assured that “God will never leave us or forsake us!” (Hebrews 13:5 Msg.) That’s an awesome assurance isn’t it? God promises. He PROMISES to NEVER leave us or forsake us. Period.

Currently at Judah, we are in a series titled #Winning where our Sunday morning worship services and Tuesday night family bible studies are dedicated to discovering and learning to apply God’s Word to our lives in ways that remind us that as a result of God’s promises, the Word of God, we are winners. God has already laid the foundation for us, He’s already ordained and predestined us to succeed. He knows our future and what it holds. It is up to us to take what He has given us, read it, learn it, memorize it, and seal it in our hearts so in times of doubt and frustration we can be reminded that the battle is already won, we’re already #WINNERS.

As you think about this meditation, Remember “This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next’s, Papa?” (Romans 8:15 Msg)

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