Devotion for Monday in the Third Week in Advent

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come. ~ John 8:12-20

Imagine walking with Jesus during His earthly lifetime. Would we have recognized Him as the Light of the World? Would we have accepted Him as the Son of God? Would we believe His testimony and the testimony of the Father? Or would we be like the Pharisees, who didn’t believe Him because He didn’t fit their ideas of what the Savior should be. They were so self-righteous that they condemned the Lord as a liar and a fake. I would like to think that I would have recognized Jesus in His earthly form, but since I wasn’t on earth then, I’m so thankful that we have the testimony of the Holy Scripture. I believe.

Thank You, Lord God, for giving us Your Holy Word to bear witness to Jesus as the Savior of the World. Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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