April 20, 2015

1 John 4_4

Daniel 4:19-27; 1 John 3:19–4:6; Luke 4:14-30

In all three of our Scripture readings we learn the consequence of not acknowledging God as the one true God and Jesus Christ his only Son. In the reading from Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar is driven from his palace to live like a wild animal until he acknowledges God as the one true God. The people in the synagogue try to kill the Son of God because they don’t believe Jesus is the promised Messiah.

So how do we avoid their mistakes? By believing in God and his Son Jesus Christ the only Son and Savior. This we receive by grace through faith. When we confess our faith in Jesus we need to be prepared for what can come next – persecution. As the people in the synagogue rejected Jesus and his message, so will the world reject our message of the Gospel.

But we need not fear them. God reassures us in 1 John 4:4: “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” The Holy Spirit is in us; therefore, we have nothing to fear. So boldly proclaim Jesus Christ Savior of the world.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for raising your Son Jesus from the dead and that by the power of the Spirit, he lives in us to witness to the world your saving grace. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes, Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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