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Just For Today Daily Devotional

Monday, April 21


“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
Jn 1:14 NIV

He Won! (2)

How hell must have celebrated the day Jesus was crucified! “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us…the only begotten of the Father” (v. 14 NKJV). Yet He had just died on a cross. But Satan’s big party ended abruptly! One author writes: “In the most ironic twist of all history, what Satan meant for evil, God meant for good. Jesus’ death bridged the gap between a perfect God and a fatally flawed humanity. On Good Friday God defeated sin, routed death, triumphed over Satan, and got his family back…He took the worst deed of history and turned it into the greatest victory. No wonder Jesus commanded that we never forget. Because of the cross we have hope. It’s through the Servant’s wondrous wounds, not His miracles, that we are healed (See Isa 53:5). And if God can wrest such triumph from the jaws of apparent defeat…what might He do with the apparent failures and hardships of our lives? Nothing—not even the murder of His Son—can end the relationship between God and human beings. In the alchemy [transformation] of redemption, the most villainous crime becomes our healing strength. The fatally wounded healer came back on Easter, the day that gives us a sneak preview of how all history will look from the vantage point of eternity, when every scar…hurt and disappointment will be seen in a different light. Faith begins where it might have seemed to end. Between the cross and the empty tomb hovers the promise of history: hope for the world, and hope for each of us who lives in it.”

Tuesday, April 22

“A tree is known by its fruit.”
Mt 12:33 NKJV

The Root and the Fruit

In a letter to George Whitefield, a leader of the Great Awakening, Benjamin Franklin wrote: “I can only show my gratitude for those mercies from God, by a readiness to help his other children and my brethren. For I do not think that thanks and compliments, though repeated weekly, can discharge our real obligations to each other, and much less those to our Creator. You will see in this my notion of good works, that I am far from expecting to merit heaven by them. By heaven we understand a state of happiness, infinite in degree, and eternal in duration. I can do nothing to deserve such rewards…The faith you mention has certainly its use in the world. I do not desire to see it diminished, nor would I endeavor to lessen it in any man. But I wish it were more productive of good works than I have generally seen it; I mean real good works; works of kindness, charity, mercy, and public spirit; not holiday-keeping, sermon-reading or hearing; performing church ceremonies, or making long prayers filled with flatteries and compliments…The worship of God is a duty; the hearing and reading of sermons may be useful; but if men rest in hearing and praying, as too many do, it is as if a tree should value itself for being watered and putting forth leaves, though it never produce any fruit.” In aiming to declare that salvation is by grace and not works, never forget that saving faith always produces good works! Faith is the root of salvation. But deeds of generosity and kindness are the fruit of salvation—and “a tree is known by its fruit.”