Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thurs., 7/16/15 Devotion (Acts 3:26)

Today's encouragement comes from Acts 3:26, where we read these words:

"To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities."

Peter is speaking here to the Jewish people (above). What is intriguing here is that the Risen Christ is "sent" *after* His resurrection, to bless people, in applying the forgiveness of sins. When and where the Holy Spirit works, so does the Risen Savior.

When we think of Christ's "comings," we should not limit these to the Incarna-tion, the Second Coming, and the events of 70 AD. We should also include the visitations Jesus makes to every redeemed soul. This is a great blessing—one that confirms every other "coming" of Christ.

[Puritan quote of the day: "God sees fit that we should taste of that cup of which His Son drank so deep, that we might feel a little what sin is, and what His Son's love was.” —Richard Sibbes, in, "The Bruised Reed"]