In the final verse of this reading we hear Jesus say: “God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” Most important is the fact that God knows our hearts. That is, He knows what we think and say and do. He even knows why we act that way. We are sinners who have earned only God’s wrath and everlasting damnation in hell. We sinners are incapable of even slowing down God's just punishment.
These facts stand in stark contrast with the fact of the Gospel. The Good News of Jesus tells us that despite our sins and sinfulness there is more than a vague hope for better times to come. As Christians we have a real hope and confidence established not on who we are or what we have done. Our hope and confidence is founded upon God’s saving grace.
In the Gospel according to St. John we read:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” John 3:16-18
This is more than the foundation of our faith—it really IS our faith. Anything else and everything else is less important. The GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ can and will save us from sin, death, and the devil.
When it comes to faithfulness, I would much rather trust God. People may try hard, but only God is always successful at what He sets out to do. Jesus came to seek and save sinners like you and me. He came to do battle with and to defeat the devil. Without Jesus and His cross-bought salvation we might well be like the unjust steward who made plans to save himself through his wiles. Don’t be like the scribes and Pharisees, either.
We pray: Lord Jesus Christ, we give You thanks and praise for coming into this world to be our Savior from sin. We pray that You would give us an extra measure of Your Holy Spirit to create and to strengthen us in that faith until we come at last into Your heavenly home. In Your name we pray. Amen.