October 4, 2014


Job 22:1-4, 21-23:7; Acts 13:26-43; John 10:1-18

Job wants to argue that he is blameless and that he deserves none of the ills that have befallen him, as his counselors have suggested. Who is blameless? The speech of Eliphaz at least convinces us that we should take our sins seriously.

As for Jesus, he was indeed sinless and did not deserve the cross. Through our sin, we have earned death, but an innocent man laid down his life for us. As such, Job is correct when he says there is a righteous advocate in heaven who could acquit him. (Job 23:7) Jesus is that arbiter for us all because he laid down his life for the sheep.

He is the only door (John 14:6) to the Father for all sheep who hear his voice and follow him. In that sheepfold, all suffering is ended.

Prayer: Holy Father, mighty yet merciful, help me hear and follow your Son. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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