Today’s devotion is based on John 8:58, “Very truly I tell you,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’”
His clear statements of the truth are unbearable to those he is talking to, as Jesus distinguishes between being someone’s descendant biologically and following the example of one’s father. He accuses the Jews of diverging so far from their ancestor Abraham, a man of faith, that they are now children of the devil.
In his response, as it is recorded in John 1:11-13, we see that ‘he came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.’
Please pray with me: Lord Jesus, you gave us a new understanding of what family is – a group of people connected by God, in love, encouraging each other, and pointing to the truth that sets us free. Help us to know our Heavenly Father and share your truth in love. Amen.