Gen 24:1-27; Heb 12:3-11; John 7:1-13
John’s Gospel progresses toward a trial. Legalistic language leaps out to the reader with words like witness, testify, law, judge, and record. Often, we fool ourselves into believing that Jesus is the one who is on trial. After all, he stands before the Sanhedrin, he faces Pilate, he is condemned to death, he is nailed to the cross, he is buried in the tomb. Indeed, Jesus does submit to these trials, but we are reminded that he comes to witness to the evil in the world. All of a sudden, we realize that we are on trial. We are being judged because we dwell in the darkness of sin that claims the world. Jesus reminds us that he has come to expose this evil. In his time, God’s glory, God’s saving grace, is revealed to all in the incarnate Word, Jesus.
Prayer: Lord God, may the saving light of Christ tabernacle in us that it may radiate from us. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Melinda H. Jones,
Pastor of Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Charleston, SC.