Cohutta First Baptist
​​103 King Street  Cohutta, Georgia

​Weekly Devotional from John Parrott

Good morning to everyone on this warm February day.  We had a great trip to San Diego and greatly enjoyed seeing John and his family.  His two little girls are growing up so fast.  As you know, today is George Washington’s birthday. I thought I would share a quotation from “the father of our country.”  Washington said, "I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”  That would also be my hope and ambition in life.

Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29b).  I wrote previously that the love of God is unconditional and universal.  Also, it is a sacrificial love.  In OT Judaism, sacrifices for sins were made over and over again, year after year.  But the writer of Hebrews says, But He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God (Heb 10:12).  In Jesus Christ all the sacrificial rituals of the OT were fulfilled. He was the perfect and complete sacrifice.

His love is not only unconditional and universal and sacrificial.  It is also redemptive.  It is only through the love of God that we can be set free from bondage to sin; that we can be forgiven for the sins of our past; that we can have an abundant and victorious life in the present; and have the sure promise of fellowship with Him in a never ending future.  See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God (I John 3:1a).