Isaiah 26:1-6; 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19
Decades ago, I visited the exhibit of one of the great archeological discoveries of the previous century: King Tut’s tomb. On display was great wealth, including a gold covered sarcophagus, in which was the mummy of the dead Pharaoh. Millions have observed this man who considered himself to be god, lying in an air-tight case, more than 3,000 years after his death.
Now visit any of the supposed tombs of Jesus and you will not only find no opulence, you will find no body. Those who are in Christ are also no longer regarded by those sarcophagi that hold, or held, their souls and spirits. Even “when the shadows close round [them] with the sod,” they will walk in the light of the Lord.
In this life too, we follow the light of Christ instead of falling into spiritual darkness. When we stumble on the way, our minds are kept in perfect peace because they are stayed on him, knowing that God has erected the defensive wall of himself around us. He has made a level way for those souls who desire him, having reconciled us to himself, and therefore not counting the sins of our fleshy caskets against us.
Prayer: Lord, help me keep following you in the new year, so as to not have received your grace in vain. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman, Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.