My guess is that you did not wake up this morning thinking about the “blessing of Abraham.” Most likely you awoke to any number of other “headlines,” such as, the impending workday and all you had to do; getting the kids ready for school and out the door; games and practices later in the evening; doctor’s appointments; grocery shopping; the list goes on. And, probably, nowhere on the list is the blessing of Abraham.
But it should be. Why?
The blessing of Abraham is the greatest news of this day — and everyday. For the blessing of Abraham is God’s salvation. Consider this breathtaking passage from Galatians 3:13-14:
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
The blessing of Abraham is the redemption Christ purchased for us at the cross and we receive through faith. The blessing of Abraham is our liberation from sin and death. The blessing of Abraham is freedom from the curse of the law. In a word, the blessing of Abraham is the gospel of Jesus Christ (Cf., Gal. 3:8).
And while it comes to us simply by faith, it wasn’t accomplished simply. This redemption comes through the shedding of blood. But wondrously the blood is not ours, but Christ’s. The Apostle Peter puts it this way in 1 Peter 1:18-19,
knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
There is no amount of silver and gold that can surpass the value of this salvation for it was accomplished through the infinitely valuable blood of Christ. And to get in on this salvation there is nothing more you need to do other than believe in this matchless person and his work at Calvary.
Now, this is a headline worth waking up to.