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Why?

Weekly Devotionals

Why?

God destined us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ because of his love.

– Ephesians 1:5a

There is a treasure trove of theological works that surround themselves on one question when looking at Jesus’ death – Why? It’s the overarching query that undoubtedly befuddled those women who first went to the tomb to mourn the loss of their friend and teacher. The disciples ate, traveled and battled with this supposed sage and they heard promises of a kingdom where faith as small as a mustard seed could produce abundance like no other.

And then,

It all

Went up in smoke.

Jesus exhaled his last breath and that question of why reverberated through the hearts and minds of those first followers and that question has echoed through the centuries in every corner of this earth.

Apostle Paul, no stranger to deep theological discourse, opens his letter with words that you would likely find in a poem rather than a philosophical tome. Grace…peace…holy…faithful…blessing…LOVE. Yes, the answer to that question is so deep and an academic response will never do justice to the explosiveness of Paul’s claim.

Paul writes this letter while in prison. Unjustly restrained yet filled with a sense of hope that rises above his circumstance. As we
reflect on our journey as disciples during this season of Lent, let’s not only remember the gift of salvation we have in Jesus Christ, but why we have it in the first place.

Because of his love.

Peace be with you.