Devotion for Tuesday after Passion Sunday

Then He said again to them, “I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.” So the Jews were saying, “Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” And He was saying to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” So they were saying to Him, “Who are You?” Jesus said to them, “What have I been saying to you from the beginning? I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world.” They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him. ~ John 8:21-30

The religious leaders were often offended when Jesus forgave sins and talked about being sent by His Father God. Yet they were also confused—what was He talking about? We have two thousand years of knowledge of who Christ is, yet how often are we confused and wonder what God is doing and why? Even if we can’t understand, even if it seems that God has abandoned us, even if we are lost and confused, God is still with us. In us, in fact. When we can’t understand, we can believe.

Father God, sometimes I get confused and wonder why some things happen that I think shouldn’t, and some things don’t happen that I think should. Help me to understand that I don’t need to understand. All I need to do is to believe that You are working all things for good to those who love You. You are with me—the Holy Spirit lives within me. Jesus died for me and is even now interceding for me next to You in Heaven. You are love, and You are good, and You are God. I trust You even when I don’t understand. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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