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» Devotion - April 19, 2015

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

John 19:30-31


Following the resurrection, the disciple John offered a brief epilogue to Jesus’ earthly ministry. Instead of presenting an intricate record of accomplishments, he simply stated:  “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.”

This may lead me to wonder, “What were those miraculous signs?” While there is no harm in wondering what the signs were, I do need to exercise caution, because the devil is always ready to deceive me. He tempts me to question the Lord and his Word: “What isn’t God telling me?” “Maybe he is withholding valuable information.” Satan may even try to make me doubt if any part of God’s Word is true because something has been omitted. This is the oldest trick in the devil’s book. He wants me to focus on what isn’t recorded, instead of relying on what is. He used this deception with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-7), and he continues to use it today.

This is when I need to carefully consider what is written and believe what is there. The testimony God offers in his Word is clear. Its purpose is just as clear: “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

I need to trust what is recorded in the Bible. It came into being through God’s purpose and plan (2 Peter 1:20-21). It contains accurate, eye-witness accounts (2 Peter 1:16-18). It is God’s faithful testimony, and it is the truth (John 17:17). Even when the devil seeks to deceive me, I need to maintain my confidence in it. If I ever forfeit it through Satan’s deception, or if I let it slip through my fingers through my neglect, then I will lose everything God has secured for me through Jesus.

I need to put my faith in what God has recorded in his Word. Not only has it stood the test of time, it has endured challenges and critics and controversy. Even more important, it always continues to accomplish what it is sent to do (Isaiah 55:10-11), namely, work my rescue through Jesus.

Everything I need for this life and the life to come, God has placed into the Bible. No additional records or revelations are required. I need to believe what’s there. 

Prayer: 

We Pray: O gracious Lord, you have given me your holy Word. Help me to read it, learn it, and apply it to my life. In the end, make it my confidence of life in heaven with you. Amen! 

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» Devotion - April 18, 2015

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. David said about him: “‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’ “Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.

Acts 2:14a, 22-32


When we were children and we were scared, wasn’t it good to have somebody’s hand to hold? I can remember as a child once being lost in the grocery store. In a panic, my mother nowhere in sight, I began to cry. A nice lady rounded the corner of the aisle, hearing my sobs, and extended her hand. She offered to help me find my mother. I no longer felt alone.

Peter’s words to the crowd on Pentecost echo some of these thoughts. He begins with the guilt of sin. Sin caused Christ’s horrible, painful death. And the horrible truth of his death is that it was our fault. “You…put him to death by nailing him to the cross,” Peter says. Though none of us were actually there, we did nail Jesus to the cross. It is the guilt of our sins that demanded his death. And by God’s plan, Jesus died instead of us.

As Christians we rejoice in this fact. Jesus Christ died to pay for our sins so that God’s anger over our sin would be removed. But Peter goes even further. Our joy is that “it was impossible for death to keep its hold on [Jesus].” Quoting one of King David’s psalms, Peter gives us a beautiful way to think about that truth. The Savior speaks through David’s words. He describes his strength and confidence even in death because God was at his right hand. Picture God the Father holding Jesus’ hand as if to remind him that God had not abandoned the Savior to death, but that life was just around the corner.

The Christian’s greatest joy is that Jesus not only died but was raised to life again. By the disciples’ firsthand witness we are able to testify about these facts in our lives. We know sins’ guilt was paid when Jesus died. We know he wasn’t conquered by death. He rose again. Together, these facts bring comfort. We know the payment for sin is made. We live free from guilt and fear. Because of Jesus’ power over death, the death we face someday won’t be able to hold us either. We can walk through life and even enter the grave with the confidence that God’s hand is firmly wrapped around ours. In Jesus our Savior, we are safe with God forever. 

Prayer: 

Lord, in your Son’s death and resurrection you assure me that I’m your dear child. As I study your Word, lead me by the hand, guide, and care for me today and every day.  Amen. 

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» Devotion - April 17, 2015

We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God… And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 5:2,5


“Dad, can I practice pitching to you now? Yesterday, you said, ‘Maybe tomorrow.’”
Unfortunately, after hearing my response, the young face that was filled with hope and expectation quickly transformed into one that reflected deep disappointment. Even though I had all but promised to be able to play catch with him, things came up and I just didn’t have the time.

We learn very early in life that some (if not many) of the things we believe will happen, things we really want to happen, don’t. Sometimes, the disappointment is relatively small: The movie I planned to see was sold out by the time I got there. Other times it’s a little more serious: The job interview that I thought went really well must not have because I never got a call back. Then there are the times when the disappointment threatens to consume us: The news from the doctor wasn’t good. My loved one is sick. Now my entire future is uncertain.

Disappointment is a frequent visitor to our hearts. As a result, we might become a little more guarded in our emotions, not getting our hopes up too high because we don’t like to be disappointed.

However, we never need to guard our hearts against disappointment when it comes to our relationship with our heavenly Father. “I hope that God will forgive me for the mistakes that I have made.” “I hope that he will have mercy on me when I see him face to face.” “I hope that there is a place for me in his kingdom of heaven.”

These hopes are not uncertain. God loves you. He proved it by sending his Son into this world to take your place and die to remove your sin and guilt. He continues to display his love to you through his Word, and by sending the Holy Spirit who works through that Word to create faith and hope in your heart, hope that is guaranteed to never disappoint.

In a world that is filled with false hope and disappointment, be assured that God loves you and always keeps his promises. Jesus died to pay the price you owe for sin. He rose from the dead to give you life that extends beyond this one that is so often filled with disappointment. Eternal life and glory are yours through faith. Doesn’t that give you every reason to rejoice?

Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, you know the disappointments and frustrations I have faced in life. Forgive me for allowing these things to rob my heart of joy. Continue to speak to me through your Word and help me to focus on your love that never waivers and your promises that never change. Fill my heart with joy in the hope you have given. In Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen.

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» Devotion - April 16, 2015

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:12


She was excited, hoping that the man she truly loved would soon ask her to marry him. But weeks, months passed. She was sure that he would “pop the question” on the anniversary of their first date, but he didn’t and her heart ached. Her birthday would be the day he would propose, she hoped–trying to visualize the romantic way it would take place. But that day too came and went. Her hope was not fulfilled and it was near impossible to hide the disappointment in her heart.

Hope is expectation of things that lie in the future. That’s the difficulty. For how can we know for sure what the future holds? What is the guarantee that our hopes in life will become reality, either sooner or later? You know what it’s like to hope for something, but then the days march on and you grow weary waiting. You wonder when…even if your hope will be fulfilled. You know what the writer of our Bible verse for today means: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Waiting and wondering can be heartbreaking.

Finally, one day to her surprise, the man of her dreams slipped a beautiful engagement ring on her finger. Her deep longing was fulfilled and there was no hiding the joy that filled her heart.

Jesus gives us hope; hope that will not disappoint us. The hope that Jesus gives us for the future is certain. He sealed it by buying us back from sin, death and hell with his blood.  And he guaranteed our hope for eternal life by rising from the dead. Now our Redeemer lives and reigns in the glory of heaven. From there, sooner or later, he will return. On that wonderful day, our longing for the life of bliss together with our Savior will be fulfilled. And for eternity, there will be no hiding the joy that fills our hearts.

Prayer: 

(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal – 382):
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare to make no other claim
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground in sinking sand.

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» Devotion - April 15, 2015

When Peter saw this, he said to them: "Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see. Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus."

Acts 3:12-20

Think Big

He had never been able to walk. Every day his friends carried him to the temple gates so he could beg for money. Maybe someone would toss him a coin or two. Little did he know how much God had in mind for him. By the end of one memorable day, one lame beggar found himself literally jumping for joy (see Acts 3:1-8).

When we beg God for things, we tend to think small. Lord, just give me a little. Cut me some slack. Give me a boost. We think small because we don’t want to be let down. We think small because we don’t like to think we need something big.

When Jesus thinks about you, he thinks big. He knows you need little things, too, but he can’t help but think about the big, bad problem of sin in you, sin that traces back through your parents all the way back to the fall into sin, sin that sprouts and spreads its tendrils into every area of your life, choking the joy out of the blessings he has for you, choking out life itself. Jesus didn’t want that for you, so he did something big. He let your sin kill him instead of you. Then he came back from death, victorious, a living Savior who gives life to all who believe.

People who knew the beggar came running to the apostles Peter and John to find out what happened. Had these disciples healed the man? Could they heal others too? Like the beggar, they were thinking small, but by the end of the day, all of them had learned about Jesus, their Savior from sin and death.

There is a bigger picture for each one of us. Take your sin in all of its ugliness and lay it before Jesus. Don’t hold back. Don’t hide any of it. Go past the little sins you remember to the rebellious sinful nature always lurking behind them. Repent! And don’t ask God for just a little boost. Think big. Ask for a new life, a holy life, one with no sin, no stain, no death, a life that never ends. Ask for the sinless record of Jesus, your Savior. He will give it all to you. In fact, he already has.

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

Prayer: 

Dear Jesus, on your cross you paid for all of my sin, and now you live and rule all things for my good. Refresh me today with your forgiving love. Amen.

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