March 12: The Beginning of the Journey
To properly tell the Easter story, we have to start at the beginning. No, not the birth of Christ – farther back. We have to go to when God created the heavens and the earth. All the way back to Genesis 1. He created it for His glory and our pleasure, making a perfect place with no sin, sickness, or wrong of any kind. And then we blew it. Adam and Eve chose to listen to the lies of God’s enemy, Satan, instead of resting in the Truth of God’s goodness. They disobeyed and sin entered the world. And with sin, the consequences. Death came into the world through that one act. And not just physical death – but spiritual death as well. Eternal separation from God because He is holy, perfect and pure. But even then, even as the very first effects of sin began to be felt, God intervened. In the midst of discipline, a promise to send a Savior. God stated in Genesis 3:15 that one of Eve’s offspring would be wounded in the heel by Satan – but that He, in turn, would crush Satan’s head. That promise was pointing to the eventual crucifixion of Jesus, God’s only Son. Satan definitely wounded him that day. But three days later, Jesus rose again, defeating death and hell, making a way for us to come back into fellowship with God the Father. He crushed Satan’s head, indeed!
Adoration: Praise God for making provision for us long before we were born. Consider praying back to Him Romans 5:18-19 (NLT): “Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.”
Confession: Ask God to show you the areas in your heart, mind and life that need to be made right with Him. Agree with Him about your sin and ask him to help you to walk in a new direction.
Thanksgiving: Thank God for His glorious creation. As gorgeous as it can be now, imagine what it will be like when He restores all of it to its sinless state. Thank Him that you will get to see that day with your own eyes if you know Him as your Savior.
Supplication: Ask God to prepare your heart for Easter. Ask Him to give you the grace to spend time with Him daily, enjoying Him and His Word.