Do you enjoy receiving deliveries? Whether it’s a package from a friend across the country delivered by a brown truck, or a card delivered in the mail, there’s something exciting about receiving a delivery – especially when you know it’s something good!

The word “deliver” is used in various forms many times in the Word of God.

In the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:13) Jesus teaches us to pray that the Father will deliver us from the evil one.

In Romans 7:24, Paul prays that he will be delivered from this body of death.

In 2 Corinthians 1:10, Paul indicates that God has delivered us from “such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.” Thus, God’s deliverance operates in the past, present, and the future.

In 1 Thessalonians 1:10, Paul indicates that Jesus “delivers us from the wrath to come.”

In 2 Timothy 4:17, Paul indicates that he was “rescued (delivered) from the lion’s mouth” (physical danger on earth), and then goes on to say that “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom.

God’s delivering power works again and again on our behalf.

Usually, the word “deliver” is used in a positive sense, speaking of being rescued from danger or peril. However, the word can also be used to talk about handing someone over for punishment.

It’s used in this way in Romans 8:32 as the Bible describes how God sent Jesus to the cross:

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32, NKJV)

It’s amazing that a father would love others so much that he would sacrifice his only son to die in their place. That’s exactly what God did. He delivered Jesus to the cross so that you and I could be delivered from sin, death, and hell.

Praise the Lord for the Gift the Father has delivered to us!

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!