Life with Christ’s sacrificial act and life without it are very, very different lives, as we see in this whole text. We can have full confidence in our Lord, knowing that God gave God’s self and Son as a living sacrifice for us-for each and every one of us. We can choose to hide from it or to embrace it.
For many, living in faith is a contradiction to our culture, a risk and something to fear. For believers, it is the most sure and safe way to live. I am in God’s hands. You are in God’s hands. Even in desperate times we are accompanied, protected, directed, supported and deeply, deeply loved. We are never alone. How can we shrink back from the God who gave birth to us, who lives within us, and who surrounds us with love? And so we are saved, even from ourselves.
Gracious God of abundant love, we give you thanks that you are steadfast and true, that you gave your Son for our salvation, and that you give us confidence to live our lives firmly rooted in you. Amen. — SB