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Lent Devotional: 1 Peter 1:3-9

Today’s devotional is authored by Jonathan Haefs

1 Peter 1:3-9 (click here to read the entire passage)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials… (1 Peter 1:3-6) 

Reflection
My son Levi loves Legos. I mean… he LOVES Legos.

I played with Legos as a kid and had a blast doing so… but I never came close to the passion that my eldest son displays for those interlocking pieces of plastic. Levi is quite skilled at his craft and blows my mind quite often with his creative creations. There’s just one problem…

Levi has two younger brothers.

You know the logical result of such a situation. Like monsters ripping through a city in a doomsday film, those two little boys are can totally destroy hours of Levi’s work in a matter of seconds… and they do… often.

IMG_3007So recently, I built Levi a set of shelves… high up… out of the reach of the two mini-monsters live in our house. Now his creations are safe, kept, guarded… unable to be destroyed by the chaos lurking below.

In a much greater and grander way, God has done the same thing with our salvation, our eternal life in Christ! We live in a world that often feels like a doomsday film (especially as of late). The fragility of our way of life and of our very lives is being constantly held before us these days. The 24-hour news cycle constantly reports that our world is indeed full of monsters and chaos.

We are a people grieved by trials.

But our God has purchased an eternal life of joy in Jesus for us! He entered into our chaotic world, took on every monster it has to offer, and on the greatest day of doom he wrestled death itself into the grave. With his own blood, our God defeated sin, death, and the devil so that forgiveness, life, and Christ might be ours forever!

This is our inheritance and it is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading! It is unable to be touched by the “mini-monsters” of this world because it is being kept “high up” out of their reach… kept in heaven for you.”

And it will be ours for we too are being kept!

1 Peter 1:5 (one of my favorite verses) declares that we are being guarded, kept by God’s power! We may live in the chaotic-doomsday-monster-filled-world, but from God’s perspective these trials last only a little while, for our eternal life of joy is kept and guarded on the “shelf of heaven,” securely ours forever.

Eternal joy in Jesus is ours! And this empowers us to rejoice even now, pointing our chaotic world to Christ!

…[you], by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials…”


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*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

Lent Devotional: 1 Timothy

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Today’s devotional is authored by Allison Davis 

1 Timothy 3:16
Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

Reflection
Is anyone else aching for Easter?

I recently saw a Facebook post that said: “This is the Lentiest Lent I have ever Lented.”

I think we can agree.

While we can and should celebrate Christ’s Resurrection all the time, there is something special about Easter morning. The faithful gather and celebrate the most joyous event in all of human history: Jesus Christ is Risen and has defeated death and hell.

If you’re like me and you grew up in the church, it is easy to fall into “going through the motions” of Easter. We do the same thing every year. We hear the same story, read the same Scriptures… and while this defining event of our faith is indeed glorious, we’ve almost become used to it. It’s just another Easter.

1 Timothy 3:16 reminds us of the mystery, the almost absurdity, of Christ’s Godliness.

GOD WAS MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH. Let me say that again. God became human, died, rose FROM THE DEAD by the Spirit, and has since been preached and believed throughout the world.

Wow. And this was God’s plan from the beginning.

Do you ever meditate on the beauty of Christ’s work on the cross? Do you contemplate what it would mean if Christ hadn’t rose from the dead? Or does Easter no longer excite you?

Join me today in considering the mystery of godliness. Jesus could’ve come as a king, but he came as a kid. He could’ve conquered through military power, but he conquered through dying. He could’ve left you and I to the fate we sinners deserve, but he stood in our place and took our punishment. May we never let the old, old story grow stale in our hearts. This is the reason we have hope, friends. This is how we are victorious. Let us read my late grandfather’s favorite hymn:

“I heard an old, old story,
How a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
Of His precious blood’s atoning,
Then I repented of my sins
And won the victory.”

O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.”

 

*All previous devotionals may be found at www.thejoyofglory.com
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

Lenten Sermon: Philippians 4:10-20

Joy in All
Philippians 4:10-20 (click here to read the entire passage)

On Sundays during Lent, there will not be an email devotional because a sermon will actually be preached on the passage for that day. Today’s sermon has been posted and may be found by searching for “Shades Valley Community Church” in your podcast app or by simply clicking here.

If you were unable to participate in the livestream a replay will be available tomorrow. A link will be sent out with tomorrow’s devotional.

*All previous devotionals may be found at www.thejoyofglory.com
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

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