Day 48 - John 8:42-47
Points to Ponder:
1.Jesus is trustworthy and true. He says as much in these statements.
a.“I tell you the truth.” His statements were often controversial, but were they ever refuted? Prove it from the rest of Jesus’ ministry.
b.“Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?” Why does the fact that Jesus is irreproachable in his life make him trustworthy?
2.Jesus is trustworthy and true. Why then didn’t the Jews believe him? Why don’t others?
3.What does their refusal to believe prove and show to us about the sinful nature?
And I because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? – John 8:45-46.
Lord Jesus, the sinful nature is so blind and dead. There is no evidence that can make it believe. You have proven yourself trustworthy and true. You always tell the truth; no one can refute it. You live beyond and above reproach; no one can accuse of you anything. And yet, so many, so many indeed refuse to believe in you. Lord Jesus, my sinful nature is just as blind and so it is a miracle of your grace that I see you and believe in you. My sinful nature is just as dead and so it is a miracle of grace that I see you as you are and believe your words. I pray, O Holy Spirit, preserve me from unbelief and keep me in my faith. There are too many stories of people who knew you and then turned away from you. Keep me from that, dear Jesus. Do whatever it takes so that I do not return to the filth from which you rescued me. And I pray, Father, send out your Spirit into this world to preserve your church from falling. Keep your people in the faith until the last trumpet. Until that trumpet, keep sending your Spirit to change hearts and to raise spiritually dead people to life. Gather more and more people to yourself. Grant us faith. Grant us steadfastness. Keep us close. Amen.