Week of April 1 - Day 3

Day 3  Read: Romans 5:9-10

9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Reflect: What single act initiates justification for us? What does that act also guarantee for us in the future?

Consider: When Paul speaks of “the blood of Christ,” he is, of course, drawing from the language of the Jewish sacrificial system, which placed two emphases on the experience of the sacrificial death: (1) the initial, violent aspect of the death itself, and (2) the release of life for another purpose through the shedding of the blood (the Jews understood that the life of a person or animal was in his blood).[1]

Reflect: In what ways do you attempt to justify yourself before God? How does that fall short?

 

[1] Ibid, 99.