Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
June 14 Scripture Selection: Psalm 15-16
Food for Thought: Ps. 16:9, 10
Prophetically referring to Jesus Who would be raised from the dead and snatched out of hell, this scripture is motive for great joy—both for the Lord Jesus and us.
Hebrews 12:2 tells us that “(Jesus,) for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Such a heinous experience that the Lord knew was coming! Yet for the joy of it all, He was able to look beyond the indescribable suffering of the torture, death, and exposure to the absolute evil horror of hell, and put His sights on the glory that awaited Him. He knew that the Father would raise Him up, and marvelous things would be in store for Him and for those who would follow Him. It was worth it all to Him, so He could rejoice even before it was to take place.
A beautiful description of what was accomplished through His torture, death, time in hell, and resurrection is found in Colossians 2:10-15:
“and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
In Revelation 1:18, Jesus declares, “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” Jesus stayed in hell long enough to complete the sentence for all mankind, disarm the enemy, and take the keys from him. That’s why He says in Psalm 16:9, “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope,” and we can say it, too.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):