Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Katrina"s Musings (Gospel Meditations/Missions-Day 21)

"Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: 'Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never  be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions." Daniel 6:25-27

Consider Daniel 6. The Median king Darius is tricked into signing a law banning prayer. Daniel will soon be caught in the act, then sentenced to the den of fangs. Darius is livid at his unscrupulous cabinet members. And he is the king! ... Darius understood a judicial principle that 'the great religions of the world' do not: law trumps mercy ... Though Darius felt compassion for Daniel and realized how deceptively the new law had been contrived, he was still bound to enforce it. For all his authority, he couldn't concoct a merciful solution that simultaneously maintained the dignity of the law. In the end, his only recourse was to appeal to the miraculous mercy of Daniel's God. And God delivered. The law was upheld and Daniel was spared. (Daniel 6:14-15)

Browse the web of religious ideas for an answer to the problem of sin. Like Darius, you will labor in vain. There's no solution out there..that is except the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sinners deserve wrath but receive miraculous mercy. How? God justifies them. What? Pronounces them righteous. Huh? How is that right? Does God just make a sinner's offenses go 'poof'? Absolutely not. That would undermine justice. It requires a miracle to make justice and mercy merge, and God accomplished just that at the cross. He heaped His wrath onto His holy Son and slew Him. It's flabbergasting! ... In merciful justice and just mercy, Jesus was thrown to the lions. They ravished Him instead of us. Thus Jesus defanged the law (Galatians 3;13). Now we're eternally alive. We deserved ultimate justice, needed miraculous mercy, and got both at the cross! That's the message. And it is brilliant. 

Let the Gospel's supremacy compel you to do everything in your power to spread it. 

Gospel Meditations for Missions--Darius & The Lion's Den--Day 21

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