Scripture:   Galatians 2:21  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! 

Observation:    This verse stirs two very strong thoughts: the weakness of the law and the power of the cross.  It also leads me to consider how important my righteousness is to God. It is so important that He sent His Son to die!  Amazing!  If we could have done enough works in keeping the law to be righteous, then the suffering and death of Jesus would have been unnecessary. 

The battle was won on the cross!  It was there, on the cross, that the price was paid.  It was there that Jesus won over the temptation of trying an easier way.  It was there that the power of Satan’s temptation to move outside the will of the Father was defeated!  Jesus would not give in to the devil’s temptation to move other than in His Father’s will!

Jesus entered death as The Triumphant One.  He entered the grave as The Victorious One!   He came out as More than a Conqueror!   The three days in the grave was the victory lap taken after the race had been won!

Application:    Jesus is a Conqueror because He defeated sin on the cross and death in His resurrection.  He is More than a Conqueror for now His victorious life lives in me!     

Prayer:   Lord, I serve you not because I am earning my salvation, but because I greatly appreciate what you have done for me!   Amen 

Pastor Leon
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