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DAY 40

— Read: John 19:1-30

The last thing I want to do is buy a new smartphone. By the time I figure out how to use the one I have, it’s time to replace it — for one reason or another. But I put it off. Because there are so many choices, and really, I just want to be able to receive messages from my family. I rarely use all the other features.

The last I heard, the newest iPhone is a number 7 or a 7s. Honestly, I don’t know the difference. But they used to put a “G” after each number, which stood for “generation.”

But I do know this…each “generation” of technology has transformed the way our world operates. Literally. We are living in an era of history making. Because of this, we like to think we’re special, but two thousand years ago, there were several “Gs” that reshaped the world and transformed our lives even today.

1G: It started in Gethsemane.

Jesus was born under some “special circumstances” and lived an extraordinary life, yet the ultimate purpose of His life led Him to the garden of Gethsemane. Here, Jesus surrendered Himself to His Father’s plan and subjected Himself to his friend’s betrayal.

2G: The soldiers dragged him to Gabbatha.

This was the court where Pilot agreed to let them crucify Jesus (John 19:13).

3G: Carrying his cross, Jesus climbed Golgotha.

Beaten, torn, and crucified, Jesus gave his life. The ultimate, perfect sacrifice (John 19:17).

4G: They laid His body in the Grave and went home to the darkest Passover in history.

When they returned, the grave was empty. But 4G was the just the beginning. The empty grave gave way to grace.

5G: Under the new covenant, Grace is not a physical locale but a spiritual one.

It doesn’t matter where we’ve been or what we’ve done. His grace washes sin’s grime and makes all things new. Including me. Including you. This gift of grace is for everyone — everyone who chooses to receive it.

To live a life without blemish and free from accusation is to live a life of grace.

“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” (Colossians 1:21-22)

6G: The mystery of this grace leads to Glory. Not our glory. His glory.

“To [the saints] God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)
Christ in you, and in me, the hope of glory.

Because of these 6Gs, we can call the King of kings any time, any place.


 

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Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of Word Writers Bible studies. Editorial Coordinator for (in)courage. Host of Deeper Waters Retreat.

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