Have you had something moderately bad happen to you, but once the shock of it is over, you realize it could have been much worse? I originally had these thoughts in my former blog, 365 Days of Praising. At that time My son-in-law had been mildly injured by a wire stretched between two trees. The danger went unnoticed in the darkening evening. Afterward, the family realized that a few cuts compared to something worse was worth exclaiming over. I think those little moments pass us by without much notice on our part. We dust ourselves off and keep on living, not giving the gift much thought. I am guilty of forgetting to praise Him about these fleeting moments of rescue.
Go deeper by contemplating the ultimate rescue and the things that didn’t happen when Jesus made the decision to sacrifice. Jesus deliberately made choices that set forgiveness of sins in motion.
Jesus didn’t give into temptation in Gethsemane.
He didn’t run from prolonged suffering.
He didn’t call His army of angels.
He didn’t use His power against humiliation.
He didn’t reject the nails.
He didn’t go against His Father’s will.
He didn’t hate the sinner that separated Him from God.
He didn’t hold a grudge against the Apostles for leaving Him.
He didn’t give into the devil.
He didn’t escape that final breath.
He didn’t stay in the grave.
“This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:15-16 NLT
I took this background picture when visiting a very ornate church building in Little Rock, Arkansas during one of my sister’s doctorate ceremonies before her graduation.
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