Day 4: Deliverance

Galatians 1:4-5  :

who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father— to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

This part tells us the reason for Jesus death. It also tells us what kind of age we live in. It reminds us of God’s grace, that He is our God and Father, and that it is He who get’s all the glory for it.

Jesus died for our sins, in that, if He wouldn’t have, we would be condemned with everyone else alive today. We don’t come to Jesus to feel good. We come to be delivered from what faces us and what faces us is our own destruction. I admit that not being destroyed feels pretty good, but a good feeling is not the reason to come to Jesus.

One of the problems with feelings is that they are temporary. We can feel good today and eat a bad burrito tomorrow. God is not to be blamed for days we feel bad!

Instead, it is important for us to remember that we were saved from this evil age of people who were bent on their own destruction. We were awakened from a foolish dream to realize our true condition and our true future. That future was pretty bleak, but God also revealed the way to have a bright future. Knowing we have a bright future feels pretty good too.

The amazing thing about this is that God did it in grace, meaning that He decided to save us based not on anything that we did to deserve it, but based on His own will. Not only that, God delivered us in a way that allowed us to become His children.

Since God did this on His own, it had nothing to do with us, and because it had nothing to do with us, only He gets the glory for it.