Lent Devotions 2010: Thursday 25 February

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”
1 Peter 1:3

Peter’s response to God’s causing His people to be born again, and raising His Son Jesus from the dead, and giving us a new hope, and providing us an imperishable inheritance in heaven is to bless God: “Blessed be God!” And if that is His response, it should also be ours. God is praised for saving us; not a pious wish but a solid promise. This hope gives us life. Our redemption and eternal life are guaranteed by the resurrection of Jesus. Through Christ, God has promised us the riches of heaven. Nothing in this world can take this inheritance from us. This blessing is ours for ever and ever. All this is ours in Christ, if we believe.

We should worship God; to see God’s great reality with our minds, feel God’s beauty and wonder with our hearts, and speak and sing God’s greatness with our mouths. That is what Peter did when he wrote about new birth.:“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”. That is what we should do.

God is the one who caused us to be born again. New birth is God’s work. His mercy, not our work, produces a new being called a child of God. God raised Jesus from the dead and promises an inheritance to His newborns. God is the begetting Father and God is the source of the inheritance. Fathers leave an inheritance to their children, not vice versa. God is the giver here; all the way through the passage He is the fountain, overflowing. We receive, at every point, mercy, new birth, resurrection and inheritance.

So let us bless God this morning with all our hearts that He has caused us to be born into His family and given us living hope. Come, let us believe, and bless the Lord for this great saving work of new birth.

Thank You for this work, Lord God. May we never forget it! Amen.