“ENDGAME: Our Origin Story”

ENDGAME: Our Origin Story
Jesus had his mission. God’s favorite creation, humanity, was held captive by death and the Evil One. Victory could come only one way. Death wanted its prize. Jesus knew the cost and God would do anything to rescue us! Join us as we follow Jesus towards his ENDGAME, the quest to save us all!
 
-We lost our freedom because we wanted control
-Jesus did for us what we could not do for ourselves
-Jesus became what we are so we could become what he is
 
I get the freedom Jesus won when I give up the control I want 
 
Further Conversation
1. Who is your favorite super hero? What do they do for others?
2. Read Genesis 3:22-24 What is so hard about “cultivating the ground”? What appetites are you working hard to satisfy?
3. Read Hebrews 2:12-15 Why did Jesus become like us? What victory did he win? Is Jesus your hero?
4. What does it mean to be “slaves to the fear of dying?” How does it relate to Adam’s being forced to “cultivate the ground”?
5. Read Luke 4:18-19 Where does your freedom and control end? Do you see yourself as a slave or in bondage to anything?
6. Why is it hard for people to give up control?
7. Read Galatians 2:20 How is giving up control is like dying? Why is grateful obedience the ultimate act of trust?
8. Where are you missing the freedom Jesus won? In what ways can you begin to give up control and begin to trust Jesus?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Romans 3:23-26
Are you a good person? Chances are, if you are reading a devotion, you at least want to be a good person. We don’t aim to be jerks. We don’t aim to be hurtful. We don’t aim to sin. Sure, sometimes we are and do. But it is rarely, if ever, our aim. However, this passage identifies us by a term that we probably don’t like: “sinner”. We know we occasionally sin, but being called a sinner seems rather harsh. Its so judgmental. The challenge for us is that until we recognize the depth of our sinfulness…that we really have fallen short and do not deserve to be called good or receive good…we completely miss the magnitude of God’s grace. Until we know what we really deserve, judgement, we can’t experience the depth of God’s love. How do you see yourself? How great is God’s love and grace for you?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I am a sinner. I have missed the mark and do not deserve grace. Yet you lavish it upon me. Thank you!
 
Tuesday – Luke 23:44-48
“Surely this man was innocent.” What does it mean that Jesus was completely innocent? One reason Jesus’ innocence is vital is because in the Jewish sacrificial system set by Scripture, only a pure and perfect lamb was a proper sacrifice. Jesus is the pure, perfect lamb of God sacrificed for our sins. Jesus’s innocence also tells us something else: His pain was completely undeserved. Jesus was unjustly punished. What he did on the cross was his choice. Let that sink in…Jesus willing chose the cross. Why would he do that? Why would he do it for you?
Pray: Holy LORD, you offered Jesus as the perfect and innocent sacrifice for my sin. I can’t understand that love, but I thank you!
 
Wednesday – Romans 5:6-8
“While” is a powerful word. Think about the word and what it means for a moment. “While we were still sinners.” We didn’t say sorry. We weren’t sorry yet. We were still neck deep in rebellion and sin. We were murderous enemies of God. While we curse God, God loves us! While Jesus was on the cross, he forgave. How do you respond to those harming you? While we harm God and others, God loves us. What does this passage say about how God loves you? What will you do with love like that?
Pray: My God and Savior, while we deny and abuse you, you forgive us. I can’t fathom it, but I don’t want to miss it. Thank you!
 
Thursday – 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
God doesn’t make sense. If anyone every tells you they have things figured out, feel free to laugh. We argue and debate different theories. We think we know best. And then God gives us Jesus on the cross. The cross is foolishness. Why would the God of the universe willingly take the punishment for a rebellious creation? Why would God take the curse? Why would God endure pain? It makes no sense. In the end, all we can say is that the cross is how God loves. Its extravagant. Its violent. Its personal. He hates sin that much. He loves us this much. And now we have a choice. What will we do with a Savior that chooses the cross? Can you receive it, even if it doesn’t make sense?
Pray: Holy Spirit, the cross is foolishness to our human understanding. Yet it is the most beautiful display of love. Help me accept and receive what I can’t understand. .
 
Friday – Joshua 24:14-15
Joshua led his people into the promised land. They have conquered their enemies. Its now time to settle into the land. God did this all for them. Now Joshua wisely reminds his people that they have a choice. Just because I followed God in the past doesn’t mean I will continue. Every day is a choice. Just because I served the LORD yesterday does not guarantee I will serve him today. I must make a choice. Joshua challenged his people to intentionally choose. Joshua called them to bold declare. And God asks the same of us today. Who will you serve? Who will be your LORD? We have a choice. And we will be held responsible for what we choose. In light of God’s love, what do you chose?
Pray: Heavenly Father, you give me the freedom to choose. And you allow me to be responsible for my choice. That is freedom and love. May I choose you this day and serve only you!
 
Saturday – John 13:34-35
I need Savior who chooses the cross. I need to know that sin has consequences. I need to know that God loves this extravagantly. I need to know I matter this much to God. I also need a Savior who requires I choose the cross. To love God is to live fully into his grace. I can only find that on my cross. To show Jesus means loving like Jesus. I can only do that on my cross. The cross is where it becomes real for me. And I must willingly choose it. Help me see the love and grace of the cross today.
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, I was made in your image. I was created to reflect your glory. You show your love through the cross…and I can only reflect you love on the cross.