Hey Students, to help us grow in our relationship with Jesus we are providing a weekly devo (devotional). This is week 4. This usually comes out on Monday but with the Holiday yesterday…it didn’t happen. Sorry guys. As a reminder why we do this, we struggle to find time every week to read the Bible and when we do think about it we struggle knowing where to start reading. It our hope that by putting up these weekly devo’s that it will help us get into God’s Word at least once during the week. It’s my prayer for you that in getting into a weekly habit then Jesus will awaken your heart to desire to be in the Bible more often. Students, if you are reading some of the questions and they don’t make sense to you or you don’t know how to answer them, ask your parents for help. I would encourage you to bring your answers to Emerge (maybe in a journal) because your huddle group may go over them.
Take 20 minutes and follow these 4 simple steps:
Pray: Take a few minutes and STOP being busy. It seems we’re always rushing from thing to thing. Stop for the next 20 minutes and be with Jesus. Here’s what I would like for you to do. Sit in silence for 60 seconds. No distractions. Think about God and let him talk to your heart. Avoid the temptation to be distracted in thining about your day. Only think about God here. After that silence pray, tell Jesus that He is Lord over your life, ask Him to speak to you through the Bible today, and ask Him to help you catch what He says through the Bible and let it impact your day today. Pray now!
Read: Romans 3:21-26
OK students. It’s time to put your big boy pants on. There are a lot of big words here and Paul (the person writing the book fo Romans) is saying a LOT in these 5 little verses. Let’s work hard to understand what He is saying. Follow me on this journey
Fill in the blank as best you can: (answers are at the bottom of this posting)
- Vs. 21. The ___________ ___ _______ has be made known to the world.
- Vs. 21. The ___________ has talked about it. (hint: the “law and prophets” is another way of naming the book you have in your hand)
- Vs. 22. This ____________ is given through faith in _________ __________.
- Vs. 23. We are ALL in the same boat. We are _____________.
- Vs. 23. As sinners we fall short of G0d’s _____________.
- Vs. 24. The righteousness talked about earlier, it’s a gift of _______ __________ that He gives it to us.
- Vs. 25. This grace is given to us through the __________ of Jesus.
- Vs. 25. This gift has to be received!
- Vs. 25. God sent Jesus to the cross to show His _____________. There had to be punishment for OUR sin.
- Vs. 26. ________ did this to show us His great love for us.
Next, I want you to take a minute and check your answers with the answers given at the bottom of this post. Then I want you to read back through all the statements above with their correct answers. Lastly, I want you to read out loud the message version of this Bible verse below:
Verse 21–24 But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.
Verse 25–26 God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public—to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured. This is not only clear, but it’s now—this is current history! God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.
- Write down what these verses are saying in your own words.
Pray: Frist thank Jesus for dying on the cross for our sins. As followers of Jesus we hear about Jesus dying for us so often that we forget to thank Him for it. Do that now. Next, ask Him to help you remember all day that God sent Jesus to die for YOU so that YOU can have a relationship with God. Lastly, ask God to help you love Jesus in front of your friends.
(answers: 1. righteousness of God, 2. Bible, 3. righteousness; Jesus Christ, 4. sinners, 5. glory, 6. God’s grace, 7. blood, 8. righteousness, 9. God)
Here’s the big picture of today’s DEVO: God is righteous, beautiful, perfect, and sinless. We can’t be in relationship with him because we ALL have sin in our hearts that rob us from HIS glory. BUT GOD really wants to be in relationship with us but our sin, because it’s wrong, has to be punished. God sent jesus to die so we can be in relationship with God. It’s Jesus’ death, when we receive it, that rescues us from out sin. This is God’s great love for us.