Prayer: O God, let your Word be our guide, in Christ. Amen.
A revealing presence
44 Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me.
Our devotion writer points out rather clearly, that Jesus always pointed beyond Himself to God the Father. This truth reminds us that Jesus did not want all the focus on Himself, as we sometimes do. Like Jesus we should point to God as it is God the Father/Creator at work in this world.
Our devotion writer explains; “We, too, are called through our baptism to reflect God’s presence to others. A pastor entering a hospital waiting room was greeted by a woman he did not know: ‘You’re a pastor, aren’t you?’ The pastor smiled at this because he wasn’t aware that it showed…What did the woman see that set him apart?”
What do people see in us? Do they see the Spirit of God living in us? What about what we say, or do? How do we reflect the love of God?
Prayer: “Gracious God, fill us with your presence and to love. In Christ’s name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Summary of Jesus’ Teaching
44 Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. 47 I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, 49 for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”