Was doing my daily reading and this jumped out at me, not sure I’ve read it before but it’s really kind of blunt and to the point. Jesus did miracles in front of you yet you allowed him to be put to death (all part of God’s amazing plan) so that God could raise him from the dead proving once and for all that Satan is defeated, death is defeated because nothing can keep its hold on God.
Acts 22:22-24 – Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
Kind of makes you think that God’s plans are so intricate, so long thought out and so personal that any circumstance you find yourself in is something God can use and will use for his Kingdom, so don’t get deflated or upset if you think things are not going your way, it’s all part of God’s plan, talk to him!!
God sent Jesus to live among us, now Jesus was accredited by God to do miracles, events that we cannot explain in a human way, supernatural activity like healing the sick, making blind men see, in fact, if you read the bible you will know the disciples witnessed amazing acts, masterpieces of creativity like turning water into wine, enabling thousands to dine from five loaves and two fishes, making our deepest wishes kind of reality, this man healed many, brought people back from death, yet many who witnessed all this stuff didn’t get it, maybe they were just a bit slow on the uptake but they sure made a mistake, handing him to wicked men who put Jesus to death, but I see that whilst Jesus’s words fell on deaf ears it was God who’d planned it all those years, deliberate, painstaking planning, handing Jesus to the enemy in order to secure the victory, their evil intent used by God to cement his position as King of Kings, his suffering used to bring us freedom, Jesus carried every sin on him when he was nailed to that cross, every sin weighing down heavily, everything you ever did wrong or that you are still yet to do, Jesus carried that all for you, his love surpasses my understanding and here’s the thing, Jesus chose to follow it through, he chose to die for you, he chose to die for me, and I can’t see what I have ever done to deserve the attention of God’s son, to merit his gift of eternal life, to be worthy of his sacrifice, but he chose me, let me say that again slowly, God Chose Me, now that’s a message worth shouting about, check this out, I have a God who chose me, singled me out for his ministry, works tirelessly to set me on a heavenly trajectory, praise God he knows my story and yet he still loves me.