Day 20 – Journey to the Cross – Deacon Jerry Patton

Today’s Devotional thought comes from one of our Deacons, Jerry Patton. Enjoy!

Today’s Code word is Newspaper!

As a former newspaper editor, each week I had to choose what “news” to put on a page for printing and what was less worthy of receiving space in our paper.  Determining what was fact (truth), what could not be proven, or what was just somebody’s opinion, was a daily task needed to be done to ensure that what we presented to the readers was honest and trustworthy.  Sadly, today what is presented in most media as truth is more propaganda than truth.

The dictionary describes a newspaper as:  “A printed account of news; a publication containing news and comment on current events.”   That seems to pretty well describe the Bible as well.  While it was written more than 2-thousand years ago, reading it today is just like reading current events.  As we move closer to the day of the promised return of Jesus, God’s Word tells us of what we can expect and what’s about to happen.  And just like a newspaper, there is good news and bad news in the Bible. 

The Good News is that Jesus died for our sins and offered Himself as a sacrifice to pay the debt we owe for our sins. (Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)

The bad news is that if you don’t personally accept His sacrifice as payment for your sins then you have no hope of paying that debt and will suffer the consequences for all eternity.  And don’t get the idea that this doesn’t include you.  As Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Today’s verse for meditation is from II Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

This is a great reminder that God sent us His only Son to pay the debt we owe so that we can look forward to that day we will forever be with Him… A day that may be here very soon.

So, today, think about the mercy that God extended to us through the death of His Son, to cover our sins and give us the promise that we will be with Him forever. What Amazing love He has for us!


In His Service,

Jerry Patton

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