Editor’s note: Today’s devotion appears in CTA’s Journey to the Cross devotion book. Based on Romans 6:23, the book provides readers with 40 devotions and several opportunities for prayerful reflection in the days leading up to Easter. It’s available now, along with other Journey to the Cross gifts like Scripture cards, pocket pieces, and lapel pins.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23 ESV)

Waiting for just the right time to depart on a journey takes patience. Wages accumulate gradually. Leave too soon and you will not have enough money; leave too late and you will not have enough time. It is easy to grow impatient and leave too early; it is easy to grow fearful and leave too late.

Knowing that the wages of sin would continue to accumulate, Christ Jesus left heaven on his journey to the cross at just the right moment. The timing of earth’s very first Christmas was no accident.

Jesus did not arrive in Mary’s womb one moment too early—or too late. Christ Jesus came right on time to save you from your sins. At just the right time, God entered into his own creation to rescue you. In patience and wisdom, our heavenly Father sent Jesus to deliver the gift of eternal life. For you. At just the right time.

Prayer starter: Patient Lord, the wages of my sin have accumulated greatly. Still, you have delivered me in Christ Jesus . . .

Suggested reading for further meditation: John 2:1–11.


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