Today's devotion is based on the Pharisee's question to Jesus, as they are written down for us in John 8:53, "Are you greater than our father, Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?"
'Who do you think you are?' It's a question you might have been asked by someone you have offended and who is having a go at you. It's in that context that his adversaries asked Jesus the same question.
Who did Jesus think he was? Firstly, Jesus is the one whose word brings eternal life with God. Secondly, Jesus is the one that reminds us that those who believe can rejoice even in the struggles of life. Thirdly, Jesus is the eternal one, greater than the head of God's chosen – Abraham – because he is God.
Jesus, who backed his claim entirely through his deeds, death, and resurrection, declares he is our life-bringer who invites us to make his home with him. The one who brings eternal rejoicing. The one who brings God because he is God.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord Jesus, thank you for your invitation to make our home with you. You are God and bring life and rejoicing to match. Please help me to show this in my life for all people I live around. Through your Holy Spirit, I pray. Amen.