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“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

The heart of the Gospel is that the Lord has done what needs to be done. We love to talk about it, think about it, ponder over it; but never lose sight of the simple fact that Christ has accomplished what needs to be done. This is the thing of first importance. Realizing that Christ has died for our sins, what then? Live in Christ and know that He has accomplished salvation for you.

Lord, You have commanded that we learn to obey all that You have commanded. You have also done all that is needed for salvation. In between these two is the reality of life in this age. Lead me to walk between the law, which is good, and the salvation You have accomplished, which is my hope. In this place, as far as I am able, help me to live in the law. Beyond that remind me that it is You who accomplishes all that needs to be done.

Lord Jesus, You have come into the world in order that all who believe might be saved. Guide me in the goodness of the law and of Your salvation. Lead me to know that in You alone is all hope and glory. Guide me, O Lord, in the way of the freedom You have purchased that I may abide in You as You abide in me. Guide me, O Lord, and teach me to follow You in all of Your ways. Amen.