Eternal Savior Lutheran Church

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March 30 – Seeing And Believing God

“Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in Him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. And Jesus cried out and said, ‘Whoever believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And whoever sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in Me may not remain in darkness.’” John 12:42-46

Devotional Thought For The Day

This reality concerning the only-begotten Son of God, our dear Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, is repeatedly taught throughout Holy Scripture, the Bible. The writer to the Hebrews describes Him as “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature,” and further asserts of Him that “He upholds the universe by the word of his power.” [Heb. 1:3] This is remarkable mystery – that “in Him the whole fullness of Deity dwells bodily.” [Col. 2:9] So the truth of Jesus self-assertion: “Whoever believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And whoever sees Me sees Him who sent Me.” He is the “exact imprint of His nature, the radiance of the glory of God.”

So, two Divine Persons, One sending and One sent, yet the Scripture just as zealously insists that “there is no God but One.” [1 Cor. 8:4] The Old Testament confession of faith is clear: “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” [Deut. 6:4] So the confession of the true church of Jesus Christ has always been: “There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” [Eph. 4:4-6] Add the “one eternal Spirit” [Heb. 9:14] and the doctrine is complete – three Divine Persons, yet not three Gods, only One True and Living God.  Mystery, to be sure and certain, but the basic reality is quite clearly and plainly asserted.

That we may “see God” and “believe in Him,” the second Divine Person, the Almighty and eternal Word Who is God, was sent to “become flesh” [Jn. 1:1,14], and in the man Jesus Christ “all the fullness of Deity dwells bodily.” Again, mystery to be sure, but the basic concept, the assertion of God’s Word, is quite clear, simple, and forceful. He alone is our Savior, our only “Way” to the Father [Jn. 14:6], for “there is One God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” [1 Tim. 2:5] Everything that Jesus said, did, allowed, patiently endured, and accomplished for us, reveals God to us, His very heart and Being. To know Him is to know His love for us – remember this as you spend the coming week meditating upon His self-sacrifice, His offering up of Himself upon the cross to atone for all our sin, to redeem us and give us eternal life and bring us back to God.

We often note how many of the religious authorities rejected Jesus – they were the principle immediate cause of His arrest, conviction, and crucifixion. However, there were “many even of the authorities” who believed in Him. How they could allow “fear” of losing their “place” in a corrupt and deceiving religious structure to silence their confession of faith in the Christ sent by God, is also a mystery. How anyone who truly knows and believes the love of God can “love the glory that comes from men more than the glory that comes from God” plunges us into consideration of the dark mystery of the power and prevalence of human sin. We know this power and this fear – and we also know that it should not be. So as we contemplate the love of God our Savior this week, let us also consider our own love for God, our confession of Him to others, and our loyalty to Him as His beloved disciples. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins [Eph. 1:7] – this will never change; but His love does have the power to change us, to draw us to Himself, that we not remain in the darkness.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, what a wonder it is that You come so close and near to us to reveal the heart of God to us. What wondrous mystery that You bid us come to You to receive Your forgiveness, cleansing, and healing. May we come out of the darkness of unbelief, misbelief, fear, and vainglory, so that we humbly, clearly, and forcefully acknowledge You to others in all that we say and do. Amen.