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Monday, December 10, 2012

Our Only Hope


by Arthelo Palma

2 Samuel 14

Our Only Hope

One of my favorite parables in the Bible is the story of the prodigal son. This son sinned against his father but in the end he was still forgiven because of his repentant heart. What is striking about this narrative is the point that his father was full of mercy and despite the sin that the son has done, he was still able to forgive him.

Today’s reading relates to the story of the prodigal son, but I would like to emphasize the actual necessary mediation in order to be forgiven from our sins (verse 4-5).

Somebody died on the cross for our sins. Yes, Jesus Christ died for us so that God’s mercy will abound in us the moment we receive Jesus in our life.

God’s message:

God’s mercy for the people works through the mediation that Christ did for mankind.

God’s promise:

God will accept us in His Kingdom through Christ Jesus.

God’s command:

Accept Jesus Christ, and believe in His Words by obeying them, to be part of God’s Kingdom.

God’s warning:

God’s mercy will never be with us without Christ’s mediation.

Applications:

Remain to be part of Christ’s body to receive God’s mercy.

Prayer:

Father in Heaven, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, thank You Lord for allowing us to receive Your Word today. Please help us grow more in our faith and help us obey You to the fullest by following what Jesus Christ instructed us to do. This we ask and pray, in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, Amen!


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