Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Truly God Devotional 9

Truly God Devotional 9

It must have been frustrating for Jesus that the religious leaders of His time didn't believe that He was the Messiah. The Bible prophesied His coming in detail in the Old Testament, He healed the sickly, and brought some back to life, yet their unwillingness to see the truth was probably louder to Him than their words.

John 8:54-56

"If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. Though you do not know Him, I know Him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."

Jesus clarifies again that He is not working for His own personal glory, but for His Father in Heaven. The Old Testament should have made it clear to the Jewish leaders that Jesus was the Messiah, but He wasn't the type of king they were looking for. They wanted a warrior king who would battle the Romans and all the enemies of Israel. Of course, Jesus won the ultimate battle....the battle for the souls of men!

Jesus doesn't call them liars in a fit of anger, but in the spirit of truth. His words sound harsh, but when we remember who He was dealing with, and how much He loved them, we understand His reasoning. He had a job to do and He did it perfectly. Jesus is God glorified! The anointed ONE! The God in three parts working with perfect, singular intent.

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