I got a fortune cookie a couple weeks ago. It said, the whole fortune said “You deserve the best”. I didn’t like it. I don’t like all the commercials telling me what I deserve. I’d be more inclined to believe it if they weren’t pitching that new car, or a two-week vacation, to a million of my best friends at the same time. I get the sense that there might be an ulterior motive.

The thing is, I read my Bible, and I know exactly what I deserve.

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.

Romans 6:23 starts out “the wages of sin is death”.

And at the end of when Jesus was talking about the sheep and the goats, in Matthew 25:46, He says the goats “will go away into eternal punishment”.

So that’s what I deserve – and incidentally you do too. You are part of the “all” in that first scripture.

But God . . . But God the Father sent Jesus the Son, wholly man and wholly God, to live a sinless life and die an undeserved death on the cross, so that I wouldn’t have to go to Hell.

John 3:17 says ‘For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.’

His death, His resurrection, that’s what we’re celebrating right now. Not what we deserve, but God’s gracious gift. Let’s pray.

Heavenly Father, You give good gifts. The gift of Jesus on the cross, the gift of eternal life – that isn’t what we deserve. It’s what You chose to offer us. Your ways are not our ways, and Your thoughts are not our thoughts. And I thank You for that. In Jesus’ name, amen.