Today's devotion is based on John 8:45-47 where we hear Jesus speaking to the unbelieving Jews who were accusing him of being from Satan. "But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which One of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God."
Let's think about the text from the point of view of the Jews. They had been taught that the Messiah was coming, and now that Jesus has arrived, he has the task of convincing them that he is the Promised One – the Messiah. I'm guessing that would not be easy, particularly given that he didn't come in glory. He hung around with those the religious leaders thought were sinners. He was trained as a carpenter. He was not famous. He came from an ordinary family from a humble village.
Jesus says that by questioning him, the people are also questioning the One who sent him. The situation ends happily. Jesus convinces people that he is the Son of the Father, and he takes joy in pleasing his Father.
Moving on to today. Many have heard about Jesus but would not know who he is or have turned away from that knowledge. Our challenge as Christians is to share our knowledge of Jesus so that others may learn about his saving grace. By doing that, we are doing what is pleasing to Jesus and thus God the Father.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Dear Jesus, help us to clearly know who you are and share that good news with our friends and family. May the Holy Spirit give us the words and the wisdom to know what to say and when to say it and use each of us so that all may know you. Amen.