Today’s Passage: Daniel 9:26: “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”
Good morning! I was tired today (I worked over 50 hours this week) until I hit this verse in Daniel. Four words jumped out at me. This verse told the Jews that their Messiah would be cut off – die. And this is followed by four little words. But these word carried an even bigger statement: BUT NOT FOR HIMSELF! The Messiah, the Christ, allowed Himself to be beaten, whipped, spit upon, and then nailed to a cross, but not for Himself: He did it for us. He did it for us because He loved us. Romans 5:8-11 tells us: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”
We have a Saviour! He gave His life because He loved me! He allowed me to work 50 hours this week because I love my wife and she has needs. I love my church, and God uses my tithe to help Jersey Shore Baptist to print tracts, and get the gospel out; to pay the utility bills; to pay the pastor so he can spend more time with God (rather that working 50 hours at a secular job) preparing a message that God wants me to hear.
We have a Saviour! “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself…” Maybe we should keep that in our minds and hearts always.
Peace. (Philippians 4:19)
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