The immanence of God has always been a desire for people since time immemorial. Finding God who dwells among the people would mean problems of access to divine favor are reduced. This Being, known as Jesus Christ, was recognized as God incarnate by some who received and believed in Him. He was not born of the blood, nor of the will of humanity, yet He was both effusively God and completely human. In Jesus, we come to be familiar with who God is and can have jubilant relationship with God. Jesus is the true light to a better life both on earth and in perpetuity. Jesus Christ brings loving forgiveness when we are disgraceful and guilt of wrongdoings. He also reveals the truth and glory of God. He loves and accepts us as we are, and we witness His glory. He also shows us what is true about us, about our life and about others. This Light, Jesus Christ, is the focus of our faith and life, because through his fullness of grace, we receive blessings upon blessings. God gave us the Law and its precepts through Moses, but now grace and truth is given to us through the One and Only begotten son, Jesus Christ. John reveals the most wonderful source of life to the world.
Thus, when we accept Jesus, we are accepting the light and a transformed life, a life of salvation in Christ. The grace, truth and light that has been and is still rejected by others, is encountered by some and evil forces in their life are driven away by the power of this Light. Those who see, hear and accept the glory of God in Jesus, make an intimate relationship with Him, bear witness to His message, and are thus adopted as Children of God. They joyfully swim in His everlasting grace.
God, help us to be part of your persuasive and gracious plan you have provided to treat the transgressions of the world, Amen.
The readings for this week are full of praise for God’s gift of Jesus Christ and an emphasis on human helplessness apart from God. Jeremiah portrays an exiled people’s despair turning to joy at their restoration. The psalmist proclaims God’s power to protect and provide for God’s people, and Paul’s letter to the Ephesians explains that God’s will from the beginning has been for our adoption as God’s children through Christ. Praise and thanksgiving to God are the common and appropriate responses to all these mighty acts of God.
Read Jeremiah 31:7-14. How have you been restored by God’s kindness?
Read Psalm 147:12-20. In what ways have you experienced God strengthening and restoring you?
Read Ephesians 1:3-14. How do you set your hope on Christ? How do you live differently because of that hope?
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