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"Amen!"- Revelation 1:4-8

Right there, in the opening verses of the book of Revelation, John pretty well says it all, doesn’t he? To Christ “be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

Our problem is that this happens far too infrequently. Instead, we find ourselves giving honor and praise and glory to just about anything else. Ourselves, for example. We attempt to usurp what is God’s by claiming credit for what is actually God’s and avoiding responsibility for what is actually ours.

What God demands and desires, what He wants is nothing less that absolute commitment to Him and complete trust in Him. Nothing less will do. This is exactly what is meant in the First Commandment, where God declares, “You shall have no other gods.” Jesus dealt with gnawing hunger, intense pain, isolation from friends and family, but He remained steadfast and committed to God above all things. By rejecting Satan’s temptations and doing God’s will, Jesus showed us how to have no other gods. By His perfect obedience and absolutely innocent suffering and death, Jesus gave glory to God and demonstrated the Lord’s dominion in His own life.

We also smash the First Commandment when we make created things into little gods. For example, when we humans claim or give priority to created things or human passions, we give honor and service to these things rather than giving them to the true God.

Thankfully, when we fail God, we have someone standing up and pleading our case and citing His own suffering, death, and glorious resurrection as reason for God to cast a blind eye on our sin seeing instead only Jesus. God sees Jesus' suffering and death, His rest in the tomb, and His glorious resurrection. He sees Jesus’ victory over Satan, and in His mercy, God bestows Jesus’ victory and its benefits to those for whom Jesus lived and died and rose again – you and me!

So, To Christ “be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

"Let Us Thank Him"- 1 Timothy 2:1-4

There is a table prayer many of us have used. It goes like this:

God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for our food.

As we celebrate this day of national thanksgiving, it is my prayer that we join in this prayer and thank the Lord for what we are and have, what we eat and drink, our freedom, family and friend, and so much more.

But the fact of the matter is that we Christians have even more reason to thank God! We have come to know God as loving, gracious, patient beyond understanding, and so much more!  He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, made of a woman, made under the Law to redeem those who were under the Law (see Galatians 4:4-5). Jesus willingly submitted Himself to His Father’s will and human injustice to win full forgiveness and complete salvation for everyone who would love and trust in Him.

Full tummies, family gatherings, football (?) and all the other trappings of our celebrations are great – but they are meaningless without our Lord Jesus Christ at the center of our celebration. Have a truly blessed celebration. Happy Thanksgiving!

"We Have Confidence"- Hebrews 10:11-25

A Single Sacrifice

The New and Living Way

Full Assurance

Hold Fast

The Confession of Our Hope

The Day is Drawing Near

 

As I prepared to write this devotion, I was amazed (and somewhat dismayed) by some of the topic lines that came to mind. I mean, any one of them would begin a potentially great devotion, but not one struck me with what I needed. It wasn’t until I got to the closing paragraph that it came to me –

WE HAVE CONFIDENCE

Our confidence is not in anything we might say or do! Our confidence is (and always must be) in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and our Savior from sin! He is the One who opened for us a new and living way so that we could enter the holy place of God’s righteousness through His own suffering and death on the cross, rising victorious from His grave, and then ascending triumphantly into heaven to prepare everlasting homes with Him.

Since we have the full assurance of this Christian faith with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water we can hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful and true! We can, because Jesus Christ led the way through death to life.  We can, because our forgiveness and salvation are God’s gifts to those who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

We have confidence in Jesus Christ!

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