Daily Devotion Wednesday, December 19th

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 – Psalm 53; Isaiah 11:10-16; Revelation 20:1-10 and John 5:30-47

Psalm 53 – 1Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”

They are corrupt, they commit abominable acts;

there is no one who does good.

 

2God looks down from heaven on humankind

to see if there are any who are wise,

who seek after God.

 

3They have all fallen away, they are all alike perverse;

there is no one who does good,

no, not one.

Yesterday I read the following in God Is In the Manger; Devotions for Advent and Christmas a collection of writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It relates to what I read in Psalm 53 today.

Because Jesus took upon himself the guilt of all people, everyone who acts responsibly becomes guilty. Those who want to extract themselves from the responsibility for this guilt, also remove themselves from the ultimate reality of human existence. Moreover, they also remove themselves from the redeeming mystery of the sinless guilt bearing of Jesus Christ and have no share in the divine justification that covers this event.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (2011-03-21). God Is In the Manger

(Kindle Locations 490-493). Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.

 

Here’s what I shared with my friends; Becoming Guilty – This reminded me of an elder back in my Odessa days. I was Associate Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church and this elder one day, just outside the church shared; “I’ve never sinned.” I didn’t pursue this with him, wish I had but I was very young, and probably really caught off guard by his comment. Looking back on it and with Bonhoeffer’s words of today in mind, I can see that his sinlessness, removed him from the very core of our Christian faith. Makes me wonder why he came to church. How he’d describe the Gospel message to him, to others. Wonder what his faith is like today?

For me, I do just the opposite, as I believe we all do. I dive into the reality that I am a sinner, justly deserving God’s displeasure and without hope except in his sovereign mercy and grace. As I read this morning in John 3:16-17; 16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

God did this for me, for us, for all people thanks be to God. Amen.

Friends; may we all focus today upon our sinfulness, our brokenness and for our need of a savior who would give his life, pay the penalty of our sin, and fling wide the gates to new and abundant life in God’s kingdom. We’re broken, but the one who can fix us did come and does come to us even today.

O Lord, thanks for sending your Son, the sinless one, who would take upon his self all our sin that we might be forgiven and given new life. I am guilty of sin and brokenness, but thanks to the Christ our sins are forgiven and we are given new life. Amen.

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