Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
When Israel found itself under the authority of Rome, and according to his plan from the beginning, God sent his Son in the flesh to be among his people. Jesus entered this broken and struggle-filled story and not only showcased what a God-first life looked like, but also demonstrated God’s character and demeanor. Jesus was willing to follow God no matter where God asked him to go, even to Golgotha, where he died on a cross for the brokenness and sins of humanity. Jesus redeemed us—through him, and by God’s great love and lavish grace, we were forgiven of our sins and restored to relationship with God forever.
- When did you first experience the lavishness of God’s grace? Or, when did the lavishness of God’s grace really sink in with you? Reflect on that story and thank God for all the pieces of it.
- After reading this passage, what do you know to be true of God? (List out what he did and what his actions reveal about him.) Why do you think it’s important to remember and recount redemption as part of the story?
- How does being redeemed—saved and reconciled to relationship with God—impact your daily life? How do you want it to?
God, thank you for the lavish grace you poured out in and through Jesus Christ. Thank you for showing us more of who you are and how much you love. Thank you for redeeming me, choosing me, and calling me yours. Help me to remember the truth that I am forever yours, forever loved. And may the fact that I am yours shine out into the world for all to see so that others can come to know your love too. Amen.