Jesus, the Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith

Cross

“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

With the winds of Good Friday blowing through my thoughts today, my eyes are turned to the cross. The cross, that most brutal and shameful of death instruments, became beautiful and redeeming. It was there that our perfect savior literally became sin for us so that we might become children of God.

Sin is ugly, destructive, and leads to death. It is hard to think about and even harder to admit, but our sin separates us so far from a holy God that nothing we can do or say is powerful enough or pure enough to reconcile us to Him. Our best efforts to save ourselves fall much too short. We need someone to bridge the gap, someone who can bring us to God and speak on our behalf and plead our case. We need a Savior.

In sacrificing Himself on the cross for us, Jesus became our Redeemer. He became that good and perfect sacrifice which paid our sin debt and gave us another chance with God our Father. It doesn’t make sense, really. And I’m continually confused and amazed and almost unbelieving that He would do it for a sinner like me. And yet, in His great love, He walked the road to Calvary, struggling under the weight of the cross and the sin that He carried. And He gave His life to purchase mine.

He became the founder of my faith.

It is too good to imagine, and yet it is Truth. And what’s more, He didn’t leave it at that. He knew that in my weakness I would fall away. Though He gave His life for me, I would choose to let other idols slip into my focus. He knew that I would be just like Israel, following one day and turning away the next. I would vow my devotion to Him, but continually be caught up in the things of the world. He knew that He would have to sustain me.

He became the perfecter of my faith.

The absolute relief that comes from His sacrifice is that none of it is about me. My salvation comes from His work, and His alone. He reached out to me and made me His own when I could not and would not have come to Him on my own. And He does it again and again as I go through life.

My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand.
All other ground is sinking sand.

#CamryBold Giveaway

So, remember a few months back when I told you about the Toyota Camry campaign called #CamryBold? They sent us on a fabulous #CamryBold weekend, and we took an old classic and made it new again. The purpose of the weekend was to highlight the bold changes Camry made to its 2015 model. They were gracious enough to let us drive a Camry for the weekend so we could tell you about it, and we fell in love. I’d been an SUV girl for so long, hauling around all the stuff you have to haul around when you have kids. But now that my girls are a little older, we feel like a huge SUV is a little too much car for us. We never could let go of the Camry idea, and a few weeks ago we went down to see our friends at Hoover Toyota. They fixed us right up, and we are now zipping around town in a new 2015 Camry.

Camry

The Camry was about 1/3 the cost of my big SUV. My gas bill has gone from about $400/month to about $100/month. My insurance is so much cheaper. And parking is no longer an issue for me!!! I never could get the hang of getting a huge SUV into a parking space on the first try. There is plenty of trunk room for us to throw book bags and soccer bags and grocery bags in the back. We are loving it and so far, we haven’t missed our big SUV one bit.

Camry

Here’s the really cool reason I wanted to tell you about our Camry love: The folks at Southeast Toyota have given me a couple of $1000 vouchers to give away to two of my readers who are planning to purchase or lease a 2015 Camry before 4/30/2015. (Depending on how much your car costs, that’s enough to pay around 2 car payments or 4 months of a lease!!!) Offer applies to the lease or purchase of any new Toyota vehicle in FL, GA, AL, SC or NC. Offer valid for you or any member of your household. Limit one rebate per household. Offer expires 4/30/15. This offer is non-transferable. Offer can be combined with other offers.

To be entered for the random selection of winners, just leave a message on this post. We will choose two winners on Friday, March 27, 2015. Please, please, please only enter this drawing if you are planning to purchase or lease a new Camry before then. Otherwise, you’d be taking $1000 from somebody who can really use it, and that just wouldn’t be very nice, now would it? :) Best of luck to you all!

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