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» Devotion - January 25, 2015

If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O LORD, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.

Psalm 130:3-4

Full and Free Forgiveness

Imagine you are taking a look at your checkbook, and you don’t like what you see. Maybe you don’t have to imagine. Looking at the list of deposits placed into your account, you see a problem. The amount of income is not enough to cover your expenses. Frustration! What’s more, you don’t have a solution for reconciling the account.

Imagine if the Lord God kept a record of sins like we keep a record of our finances in our checkbook. We would have a massive debt before God, and have no hope of settling the account with him. We would be helpless and hopeless before God.

But don’t despair; there is good news: with the Lord there is forgiveness. He is our merciful, loving God who paid the debt of sin for us. He charged his Son for our sin; the blood of Jesus was the complete payment that has set us free from the guilt of all of our sins. We are forgiven!

If some kind person made a deposit into your checking account to wipe out your financial debt, certainly you would be happy and thank that person for their help and generosity. How much more will we always thank and praise the Lord for the free and full forgiveness of sins that we have through Jesus!

Prayer: 

Lord God, fill me with the peace and joy of the forgiveness of sins accomplished by Jesus’ suffering and death for me. Help me to thank and praise you for your great love. Amen.

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» Devotion - January 24, 2015

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel." Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God." The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!" When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?" They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" "Come," he replied, "and you will see." So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour. Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ).

John 1:29-41


The tourists walked the Wall of China. It was impressive. They told people about it. The motorist saw a tornado touch down a quarter mile up the road. It lifted a couple roofs. It was powerful. She told people about it. He saw someone jump into the raging currents to rescue some desperate children. It was courageous and loving. He told people about the hero.

When you spot something overwhelmingly impressive, you tell people about it. Jesus wasn’t gigantic or overwhelming in a physical sense, but when people saw him, they couldn’t help but tell others about him. John the Baptist saw Jesus. He couldn’t help but tell people and say: “Look, the Lamb of God!” Andrew saw and heard Jesus. He was compelled to run and tell his brother, Peter: “We have found the Messiah!”

Who Jesus is and what he was doing compelled people to tell about him. Jesus had come for sinners (remember the recent Christmas message… “You will call him ‘Jesus’ because he will save his people from their sins.”) John called him the Lamb of God because Jesus would lay down his life for sinners. Jesus would step in the place of all sinners. The Lamb of God would be the ultimate and final sacrifice for all sin. The Messiah—Jesus Christ—would perfectly serve as the ultimate Prophet, Priest and King. No one before or after him came close to comparing with him. Jesus, true God and true man, Savior of the world, was completely “I got to tell you about him.”

And so, John and Andrew did. They told people about Jesus. Jesus was the promised Messiah, the Lamb of God, the Son of God, and their Savior. Listen to what they (and all of God’s Word) says about Jesus. Take it to heart and trust in him. Tell others about Jesus.  He is their Lamb of God, their Messiah and their Savior, too.

Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son to be the sacrifice to earn forgiveness for all my sins. Thank you for prompting someone to tell me about Jesus. Increase my trust in you and give me courage to tell others about Jesus. Amen.

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» Devotion - January 23, 2015

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Romans 8:18

In Christ Jesus you are free! An earlier verse from Romans chapter 8 tells us: "There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (8:1). You are free from condemnation! Free from guilt! Free from every divine consequence for breaking God's law!

But do you feel free? You might not. Nothing is ever easy. You work more than is good for you, and still you wonder if you're really making a difference for anyone else or for yourself. You love the family and friends God has given you, but there are problems in every relationship. You make it to the golden years, but they don't seem all that golden. When Jesus died on the cross, he willingly took all condemnation for every sin ever committed. God is on our side. So why is that we still so often feel small and weak? Why do we still suffer?

Sin is forgiven in Christ, but it doesn't disappear. Sin is still present in our world and in us, and sin hurts. All of creation is groaning under its weight. It shouldn't surprise us that we are groaning too. Believers are no strangers to tragedy and loss.

In today's Bible verse, we find help for any believer in Jesus burdened by the troubles of this life. The apostle Paul says: "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Paul is not in any way minimizing our suffering. He is simply reminding us that all who believe in Jesus are headed for the glory of heaven, a glory so wonderful that no suffering in this world can begin to compare.

When you are discouraged, remember this word from God. Remember that the cause of all suffering is sin, and remember God's cure. God has sent us his Son Jesus. By his suffering and death he has freed us from all condemnation. There is no easy path through this sin-cursed world, but by trusting Jesus we are headed for heaven. Even now we have the peace of knowing that God is on our side. Like the psalmist, we can say, "I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope" (Psalm 130:5).

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, have mercy on me in my distress. Forgive my sins. Grant me relief, according to your will. Fill my heart with the sure hope of heaven, through Jesus Christ my Savior. Amen.

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» Devotion - January 22, 2015

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31

Little kids like to run everywhere. It doesn't matter how short the distance. It can simply be from one side of the room to the other. The three-year-old is more than likely going to run that distance.

Part of the reason they do this is that they have short legs and need to take way more steps to cross the room than fully-grown people do. But, they also run because they just have lots of energy. As an adult, can you imagine every step you take being a running step? You would probably be ready for a nap well before lunch.

Yet even those children with seemingly endless amounts of energy grow tired after a while. Eventually they grow into adults, and their levels of energy decrease and weariness sets in more quickly.

What a beautiful promise we have from the Lord that he will give us renewed strength!  To "run and not grow weary"—it sounds too good to be true. Yet, it's a promise from the Lord so we know that it is.

Those who know that Jesus is their Savior, who treasure the full and free forgiveness that is theirs because of his death on the cross, can walk with a little extra spring in their step. The pressing weight of sin and guilt does not slow them down, and they know that their relationship with the almighty God is one that is defined by his love, and will last forever.

When that relationship is fully enjoyed inside the gates of heaven, then their youth will truly and fully be renewed. None of the physical problems, none of the aches and pains that seem to grow more severe with age will be present there. Knowing that day will come gives the believer in Jesus a little extra energy in life as well.

Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, you know that I am tired. Keep my eyes focused on the eternity in heaven that your Son, Jesus, won for me through his death on the cross. There I know that my strength will be renewed and I will never grow weary again. Until I get there, give me strength and energy as you have promised. In Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen.

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» Devotion - January 21, 2015

The LORD says, "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth."

Isaiah 49:6

Jesus is our humble servant

Would you enjoy work as a servant? Most of us would choose a job in which we have some authority and privilege rather than submission and humble service.

What did Jesus choose? What did his Father choose for him? It was submission and humble service for Jesus instead of authority and privilege. He willingly took up the station designated in Isaiah’s prophecy: "the servant of the LORD."

Isaiah chapter 49 marks a new emphasis in that book of prophecy. Whereas earlier chapters focused on God's deliverance of Israel from Babylonian captivity, this part focuses on the spiritual deliverance of God's people through the Servant of the LORD.

Here we find the servant of the LORD, fully equipped and competent to deliver Israel. Jesus kept this word of prophecy in his humble service to free us from the guilt of sin and curse of eternal death. He explained, "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as the ransom for many" (Mark 10:45).

He did this not just for the people of Israel ("too small a thing") but also for you and me, for the entire world. He served in the lowliest way, bearing the burden of all sinners on his cross to restore us to life with God forever.

Praise to you, Savior Jesus, for coming to be our humble Servant and bringing us the light of salvation!

Prayer: 

Dear Jesus, make me aware each day of the humble service you offered me to rescue me from my sin. Fill me with the light of your salvation. Amen.

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