Devotion for Thursday after the Fourth Sunday in Lent

“If I alone testify about Myself, My testimony is not true. There is another who testifies of Me, and I know that the testimony which He gives about Me is true.
You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth. But the testimony which I receive is not from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was the lamp that was burning and was shining and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
But the testimony which I have is greater than the testimony of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish—the very works that I do—testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me.
And the Father who sent Me, He has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His form. You do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent.
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. I do not receive glory from men; but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” ~ John 5:31-47

Scripture, the Law and the Prophets, foretold the coming of the Messiah. Jesus showed He was the Messiah by the works that the Father gave Him to do, yet the religious leaders and most of the people of Jesus’ time did not believe He was God Incarnate. Jesus Himself and the Word of God tell us that He is coming again to judge the living and the dead. Too many people today don’t believe that—or at least they live like they don’t believe it. They don’t expect judgment for the way they have lived their lives, yet that judgment is surely coming.

Lord God, I know that Jesus is coming again in glory. He will judge everyone—living and dead—and determine their eternal home. I believe that He is Your Son, and I confess my sins. He is my Lord and Savior, and I look forward to living in Heaven with You forever. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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