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Today’s Lenten devotion is based on John 5:36-39 where we hear Jesus speaking, “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish-- the very works that I am doing-- testify that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”
The Jews of Jesus time rejected Jesus. They wanted him to prove that he was who he said he was. Jesus first told them about John the Baptist. John was sent by God to point out the Messiah, as their Scriptures told them he would. Second, Jesus pointed out the works that he did. No one could do those things unless he was of God. Third, Jesus pointed to their scriptures where even Moses had written about him.
While these things were important proofs, no one can see the connection without faith. In the end, faith always ends up with the question, “Do I or do I not want to believe Jesus is my Savior.” What is your answer?
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen, and unseen, you know I want to believe in you while at the same time I have doubts. So while I am sentenced to die, I know that your death and resurrection has made my death into the door to eternal life with you. Thank you for that wonderful undeserved gift. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.


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