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March 15 – Made manifest for us!

He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake, who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. – 1 Peter 1:20-21

Scripture reading: Colossians 1

At the end of the day, where are your faith and hope? They must be in God Who set forth our redemption even before the foundation of the world! This verse is a rich display of God’s grace toward unworthy sinners like us, who only deserve God’s judgment and wrath. Jesus, coming into this world to save us, is not just an afterthought when the Fall happened in the Garden of Eden.  The Lord has a purpose to save His people and is not willing to leave us in darkness and sin. When the time was right, He willingly revealed our Saviour to us. How good is our God! Through Jesus, we can come to God in faith. Through Jesus, we have life from the dead because God raised Him from the dead. Through Jesus, we will go to be with God in glory because Jesus has been raised to glory.

Everything that happens to Jesus happens to us as we are heirs and joint-heirs with Him. If you are lacking assurance today or struggling with your Christian faith due to weakness or failures in your life, meditate on these two verses. God knows we fail and often fall into sin, that’s why He sent us His Son. There is an answer for hopelessness and despair in this world and that answer has always been Jesus. Where are your faith and your hope today? If your answer is in God through Jesus, then it is in the right place!

Suggestions for prayer

Praise the Lord that He set forth the salvation of His people before the foundation of the world and that we can have real faith and hope in God because He has established us in Christ.

This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional. Rev. Michael Jaatinen is the minister of Mount Zion Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moncton, NB.

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