#DailyDevotion Then You Will Know The LORD

#DailyDevotion Then You Will Know The LORD

Ezekiel 37 The LORD laid His hand on me and by His Spirit took me out and put me down in the middle of a valley that was full of bones. 2He led me past them all around. There were a great number lying on the floor of the valley, and they were very dry. 3“Son of man,” He asked me, “can these bones become alive?” “Lord GOD,” I answered, “You know.” 4“Prophesy about these bones,” He told me, “and say to them: ‘Dry bones, listen to what the LORD says. 5The Lord GOD says this to these bones: I will make breath enter into you, and you will live. 6I will put sinews on you, have flesh come on you, cover you with skin, and put breath in you so you will live and know I am the LORD.”

On the one hand this is a powerful metaphor for the people of Judah who had been killed, slayed by the Babylonians and carried off into exile in Babylon. They had been utterly decimated by this enemy because they had broken covenant with the LORD. They were about as good and worth as much as these old dry bones. They were so old and dry not even the animals or microbes found them good for anything. Indeed, when the LORD found us we were just and dead and worthless in our trespasses and sins.

But the LORD did want the Jews to be without hope. He does not want us to live without hope. He asks Ezekiel if these bones can live.  “Lord GOD,” he answered, “You know.” Yes, such knowledge belongs to the LORD and he wants them, he wants us to know he is the LORD. How will he bring about such knowledge? In this metaphor he has Ezekiel prophesy, to preach to the bones to command sinews and flesh to come upon them. He is ordered to prophesy to them again that the Spirit would come into them and it does and they are animated, a great and mighty force stands before Ezekiel and the LORD.

The LORD was planning on returning the Jews back to Judea and make them a people again, to live in their own land. Certainly that is one intent the LORD was revealing to Judah. When they again returned to the their own land as a people then they would know the LORD God again. Well somewhat. There would be a few hiccups up to the time of Jesus but they would not worshiping other gods or idols anymore. There would be a more earnestness in following the Law of Moses.

Yet the metaphor has a fulfillment in Jesus and the Israel he creates of which you are a part. Jesus raises the widow’s son of Nain. Jesus raises Lazareth from the dead. Jesus is raised from the dead himself having been hung upon the tree to die. But that is not enough. On Pentecost the Holy Spirit was sent to the Israel, the Church and animated our hearts and spirits. A vast army animated by the Holy Spirit, God’s Israel now stands upon the earth. We know the LORD is God  because we are that people whom he has raised spiritually from the dead. We know him because we know Jesus is LORD and what he has done for us. And then there is one more thing. It is fulfilled bodily, literally (not that the spiritual resurrected isn’t literal either) on the Last Day. Jesus promises to raised all the dead bodily and give eternal life to all who trusted in him in this age.

O LORD God, who puts sinew, flesh and gives the Holy Spirit to a people who are dead in trespasses in sins, grant us hope for the world to come in Christ Jesus so we live in that hope in this present age and know you know and more fully in the age to come. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Do You Believe In The Son Of Man?

#DailyDevotion Do You Believe In The Son Of Man?

John 917Then they asked the blind man again, “What do you say about him, since he gave you your sight?”  “He’s a prophet,” he answered. 34“You were altogether born in sins,” they answered him, “and are you trying to teach us?” Then they put him out of the synagogue. 35 Jesus heard they had put him out. Finding him, He asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36“Who is He, sir?” he asked. “I want to believe in Him.” 37“You’ve seen Him,” Jesus told him. “It is He Who is now talking to you.” 38“I do believe, Lord,” he said and bowed down to worship Him. 39Then Jesus said, “I’ve come into this world to judge men, so that those who don’t see may see and those who see may become blind.” 40Some Pharisees who were near Him heard this. “We aren’t blind, are we?” they asked Him. 41“If you were blind,” Jesus told them, “you wouldn’t be sinning. But now you say, ‘We see,’ and you go on sinning.”

Where’s Jesus been? The man who received his sight didn’t even see Jesus after he received his sight. Now the man is the center of attention. His neighbors question him about his new found sight. The Pharisees ask him how he got his sight. They don’t believe him and ask his parents whether or not he was really born blind. The Pharisees go back and question him again. They don’t like his answer. The man professes a faith in Jesus as being from God, not a sinner, and a prophet. This whole time Jesus is nowhere to be found. But then the Pharisees reject his testimony and the man and put him out of the synagogue.

Now that the man is completely rejected by everyone else but has confessed his faith that Jesus is from God and a prophet, Jesus appears to the man again. It is also sometimes when every support has been removed from us and all we have left is God is when God, Jesus, makes his presence known to us. Jesus approaches the man who has never seen him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” Jesus uses this title for himself in the Gospels. It refers to Daniel 7 which depicts his second coming on the Last Day in glory. However, in his first advent, Jesus teaches us the Son of Man is also the Suffering Servant of Isaiah, must be rejected by men, be killed and rise on the third day.

Not knowing it is Jesus who is talking with him he says sure, because he believes Jesus is that Son of Man. He just doesn’t know who he is talking to. Once Jesus reveals himself, he confesses his faith, bows down and worships him. Indeed that should be a similar response from us when we come into his presence. Jesus is our God and our Maker. He is our Redeemer and Savior. All honor, worship, glory and praise he is deserving of receiving.

Now while Jesus in chapter 3 says he didn’t come into the world to judge or condemn the world but now here he says he came into the world to judge men. So what is going on here. Chapter three deals with his salvific work, he did indeed come to save the world through his sacrifice. However here, the judgment falls upon those who reject him and his salvific work. The Pharisees sinning is their unbelief and rejection of Jesus. As such they receive the judgment to be blind. Such is the case with all people. Those whom the Father draws to Jesus have faith created in them and now they can see who Jesus is and believe in him. These escape the judgment and have passed to life. Do you believe in the Son of Man?

Heavenly Father, draw us to Jesus and give us sight that we may believe in him, trust his work for our salvation and escape the coming judgment. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion What Did I Do To Deserve This?

#DailyDevotion What Did I Do To Deserve This?

John 9 As Jesus was passing by, He saw a man who had been blind from his birth. 2 “Master,” His disciples asked Him, “why was he born blind? Did he sin or his parents?” 3 “Neither he nor his parents,” Jesus answered. “He is blind to show what God can do with him. 4We must do the works of Him Who sent Me while it is day. The night is coming when no one can work. 5As long as I’m in the world, I’m the Light of the world.” 6After He said this, He spit on the ground and with the spit made some mud and put the mud on the man’s eyes. 7“Go,” He told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (the name means “sent”). He went and washed. And as he walked away, he could see.

Not everything is as clear cut in life as we would like it. The disciples see a man born blind begging. Instead of asking Jesus how can they help the man they go to “why was he born blind? Did he sin or his parents?” They are looking for fault. They are acting very much like Job’s friends who accuse him of having to had committed some sin for all these bad things happening to him. And we know that while Job was by no means perfect, there was no particular sin he had committed that brought all the bad things down on him. It was God.

Jesus who actually remembers the story of Job, and well was responsible for Job’s misfortunes (he is the LORD after all) tell his disciples that this man was born blind but that God’s works might be displayed in him. Well that wasn’t too great for the guy up to this point in his life and the next few days after getting his sight won’t go to well for him either. How often do we want to blame people for the condition they are in? Sometimes, it may be true, that because of their sins, they are in the predicament they are in. Sometimes, it may be true, not from sins but from simple bad decisions, people are in the shape they are in. Sometimes, stuff happens, we may have no clue and neither does the person in any predicament of why they are in the bad situation they are in. Perhaps, just perhaps, it is so the work of God may be displayed in them.

Jesus has come to do the works of the Father while it is day. You too, as Jesus’ disciples are in the world as the Father’s children to do the works of the Father while it is still day. Jesus is the Light of the world.  As people who are joined to Christ and have been given his light, we too as St. Paul says in Ephesians 4 are light in the world.

So what did Jesus do? Strangest thing of all. He puts mud in a blind man’s eyes. Won’t that just make things worse? Could it get any worse? But he has a word from Jesus, “Go and wash in the pool of Siloam.” How did the blind man even find the pool? He must have been pretty close. The blind man, nevertheless, listens to Jesus (mind you there has been no promise from Jesus that he would see) and washes. He was blind, but he wasn’t deaf. He heard Jesus say he was the Light of the World. He heard he was born to be the object of works of God. He heard, he listened and believed. He gained (not regained) his sight.

What’s going on in your life? The Father has called you to faith in Jesus that his works might be displayed in you. You may be crying, “Why me!” when things are going wrong. Jesus is your Light at the end of tunnel. You are his object of displaying his work in the world. Believe that.

O Lord our God, your ways are mysterious and we cannot always see what you are doing. Give us the Light of your Christ that we may believe and see your great love for us in Christ Jesus when it looks like you’re against us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Expose The Darkness To The Light Of Christ

#DailyDevotion Expose The Darkness To The Light Of Christ

Eph. 511Don’t have anything to do with the works of darkness, from which no good can come. Instead show that they are wrong. 12We’re ashamed even to mention what such people do secretly. 13When you show that anything is wrong, it is seen in the light; anything you can see is as clear as light. 14So it says: “Wake up, sleeper! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Because we are children of the Light and in Christ are light St. Paul warns us about having nothing to do with works of darkness. A few verses above he mentions some of these, 3“Sexual sins, anything unclean, or greed shouldn’t even be mentioned among you. This is the right attitude for holy people. 4No shameful things, foolish talk, or coarse jokes! These aren’t proper. Instead give thanks. 5Be sure of this, that no one who is immoral, unclean, or greedy (a greedy person worships an idol) has any share in the kingdom of Christ, Who is God.” Of course this list isn’t exhaustive. There are always the Ten Commandments and Paul has other list in other letters like Galatians.

The thing is, dealing with the things of darkness does no one any good. There are some deeds of darkness we’re even ashamed to mention of what people do behind closed doors. It may be the fashion of the day to completely misuse Jesus’ teaching of “don’t judge” but speaking by the Holy Spirit, Paul clearly teaches we should show that works of darkness are clearly wrong. Jesus himself in his Sermon on the Mount and on the Plain exposes the darkness of our hearts when he teaches us the meaning of the Ten Commandments. We should not be shy, no matter how much the world cringes when we expose such deeds as evil and idolatry.

“When you show that anything is wrong, it is seen in the light.” Yes, seeing the deeds of darkness as exposed in the light shows how such things are opposed to the will of God and not helpful to ourselves, themselves or the world. The world may be like Dracula when exposed to the light. It may attack us for exposing it to the light. But only when are dark deeds are exposed are we or anyone else able to repent of them.

Having seen our dark deeds exposed and being given the gift of repentance from God we can sing with St. Paul, “Wake up, sleeper! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Yes, before the light of Christ shined upon us we were in death’s cold, sullen sleep. Now that the light of Christ has shined upon us we have experienced a resurrection of our heart/spirit/soul. He has given us new heart which listens to him, trust him and does what he wants because he has come to live out his life in ours. It is God who wills and does good through us. Christ shines upon us and gives us his glory. We look forward to the day when with our own eyes we see him in his marvelous light in our new resurrected bodies which will bear his glory.

Until that day we let the light of his promise that we have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness to his kingdom of light infect our lives and let it conform our ways to the ways of light, faith and Christ and love of neighbor.

O merciful God and Father of Light, continually expose in us the darkness of our fleshly deeds that we may repent of them and be given the light of your Son Jesus Christ to live in now and in eternity. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Christian, You Are The Light In The World

Eph. 58Once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. 9Live as children of light, since light produces everything good and righteous and true. 10And test things to see if they please the Lord.

Paul uses many contrast of those who are in Christ and those who are, the one here being light and darkness. When we were not in Christ we were darkness. That is because we belonged to the devil who is also utter darkness. He does not have the light which is funny because Lucifer means light bearer. But in his rejection of the Son of God  and all that is God he no longer has the light or is light. People who do not follow Jesus who is the light of God, like Satan are darkness. John14“In Him[Jesus] was life, and the Life was the Light of men.” Jesus says, John 8:12 “I am the Light of the world. Follow Me, and you will never wander in the dark but will have the Light of Life.”

So Jesus is the Light. Those who are in Jesus are also light. Jesus says, Matt. 514“You are the light of the world.” The light of Christ is made manifest in our hearts. Israel of old was supposed to be a light to the world but they did not walk in the light that was given to them. Now Christ Jesus has come to give light to the Jews and to the Gentiles that they all may become sons of light and the inheritors of light.

It is the gift of God that we are made his children in Jesus through baptism and by the gift of faith in Christ. We have heard the gospel call, the invitation to come out of the darkness into the light which is Christ and the Holy Spirit through baptism, preaching, and teaching has captured our hearts and made them new so we can possess the light and to become the light in Jesus.

Since we are children of light and are the light of the world as Jesus is the Light of the world Paul exhorts us to live as children of light. “Light produces everything good and righteous and true.” It is an interesting expression Paul uses here. The Greeks often talked about that which is good, beautiful and true. They only had such things in earthly terms. Jesus and the Holy Spirit bring us to a much greater good, righteousness (which replaces the Greek beauty) and truth. For Jesus is the good, righteousness and truth. He freely gives us as a gift his good, righteousness and truth.

To live in the Light is to live in the good news that Jesus has brought us freely into his Light. It is to believe Jesus has rescued us from the darkness of Lucifer purely out of his grace. When we have such faith the Holy Spirit has us bear such fruit of the light, Gal. 522“But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace. He makes us patient, kindly, good, faithful, 23gentle, and gives us self-control.” To live in light is to believe in Jesus and to love the neighbor and love does no harm.

With this light we will be able to test whether things they please the Lord or not. Do they point to faith in Jesus? Do they show the love of God to your neighbor? If not, then it is not pleasing to the Lord.

O Father of lights, we give you thanks and praise for calling us out of darkness into your marvelous light in Christ Jesus. Continually give us your Holy Spirit that we may live as your children of light and when we fail forgive. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Are You Blind To The Ways Of The LORD

#DailyDevotion Are You Blind To The Ways Of The LORD

Isaiah 4218“Listen, You deaf people! You blind ones, open your eyes and see! 19 Who is as blind as My servant or as deaf as the messenger I send? Who is as blind as the one who is to be rewarded, as blind as the LORD’s servant? 20You have seen much but obey nothing. Your ears were open, but you heard nothing.” 21Because He wants what is right, the LORD delights to make His law great and wonderful.

The people of Israel were deaf and blind to the ways of God the LORD. Instead of trusting in the word of the LORD and worshiping him, they worshiped the dead, death, dumb and blind idols of their neighbors. In doing so, they became like the idols they served. What and who do you serve? When trouble hit, to whom or what or what activity do you look to get you through the night? Whatever or whoever it is, is your God. Our idols today are not generally wood, stone and gold idols but rather: work, politics, government, sex, drugs, alcohol, entertainment, happiness, spouses, children, food and the like. Whatever we worship and serve, we become like and our idols are our addictions. If any one of them were taken from us and we would curse God, the LORD, then most certainly, that thing is your god, your idol. You are blind to the LORD because of it.

Earlier the LORD’s servant is the Messiah. Sometimes it is Israel itself. The LORD’s servant is at times to be Israel reduced to one. It is a bit difficult to determine in verse 19 if the LORD is referring to the people, which is likely as he charged them with being deaf and blind or if it the LORD’s servant, the Messiah. If it is the Messiah then what is he blind and deaf to? It is not to the LORD’s ways and voice. Perhaps it is to the ways and voice of fallen Israel. Jesus certainly closes his eyes and eyes to the traditions of the fathers who erred in their following the Torah. In verse 20 it seems as he has definitely switch to fallen Israel who sees much but obeys nothing and whose ears were open but heard nothing.

Do we similarly hear and see what the LORD Jesus Christ has taught and commanded and not hear and obey? Do we use the grace and forgiveness he has won for us as a license for sin? Do we say we have faith yet turn to our idols for every good in every aspect of our life or do we trust Jesus for every good in this life and the next?

The LORD’s servant here wants to do right, that is Jesus the Messiah. As such, the LORD “delights to make his law great and wonderful.” What is that law? That everyone who wants to be saved should trust in him alone as their God, Savior, Redeemer, Ransom, Light and Life. John in his epistle says “This is his commandment, to believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and to love one another.” The name of Jesus Christ, God’s Son is to be worshiped and trusted alone, solely, as our standing before God and for every good in life. He gives it to us freely and faith to trust in him. Let us turn then to him in every trouble, trial, prayer, praise, and thanksgiving for every good.

Merciful God and Father, apart from your Holy Spirit we are death, dumb and blind. Grant us your Holy Spirit that we may hear, see and praise your son Jesus Christ and be saved and comforted in this veil of tears. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion What Was The Straw The Broke The Camel’s Back

#DailyDevotion What Was The Straw The Broke The Camel’s Back

Isaiah 4214(He says:) “I certainly have been silent a very long time. I kept still and held back. Now I will cry like a woman in childbirth. I will breathe and pant violently. 15I will lay waste the mountains and hills and wither all their vegetation. I will make the rivers like the seashores and dry up the ponds. 16I will make the blind walk on a road they don’t know and lead them in paths they don’t know.  I will turn darkness to light before them and make the rugged places a plain. These are the things I will do and not leave undone. 17Then those who trust in carved idols and say to molten images, ‘You are our gods,’ will have to turn back, deeply ashamed of themselves.

So, it’s not so pretty when the Creator of the universe runs out of patience. The LORD our God had been extremely patient with his people Israel and Judah. Let’s consider the name of the LORD: Ex. 34:6 6 “the LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, slow to get angry, rich in love and faithfulness, 7continuing to show mercy to thousands, forgiving wrong, rebellion, and sin, without treating it as innocent, but disciplining children and children’s children to the third and fourth generation for the sins of their fathers.” The name of the LORD reveals his character, who he is and what he is like.

Ever since Egypt the people of Israel were hard headed and stiff necked. They rebelled against the LORD their God at every turn. Even after seeing the mighty power of the LORD in Egypt, the Red Sea, heard his voice from the mountain and seen the miracles in the desert, they worshiped idols, were sexually immoral and tested the LORD through their grumbling. Over the course of a thousand years of being patient with them, being merciful and gracious, slow to anger, being rich in love and faithfulness,  continuing to show mercy, forgiving wrongs, rebellions sin, they threw it all back in the LORD’s face.

So what happens when they have despised all the good the LORD did towards them? Well we see in this Isaiah passage. He acts swiftly like a woman in childbirth. Through the hands of the Assyrians first and then the Babylonians, he laid waste to their valleys. He led the blind on roads they don’t know. It isn’t pretty. Yet through the punishments there is yet hope. The LORD disciplines his people yet does it to lead them to salvation. As his name reveals, he doesn’t treat the guilty as innocent but disciplines them for a while. But at the right time he returns to the mercy revealed in his name. His discipline serves his mercy and kindness.

Isaiah 42 is one of the servant songs of Isaiah. His servant is Jesus. Jesus leads us blind in places we don’t know and makes the darkness bright as light. Jesus makes the rough places a plain. His mercy and kindness to us makes us ashamed of the idols we worship (sex, drugs, jealousy, possessions, jobs, alcohol, etc.). Jesus is the way to the mercy, kindness, love, grace, faithfulness and forgiveness. Confess your sin of trusting other things than the LORD Jesus Christ and you will find these things he confesses he is in Jesus.

O LORD, our LORD, you discipline us when we go astray. Grant us repentance that we may see your mercy and kindness in Jesus your Son so we may experience your love and faithfulness and not know your anger forever. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Be Blessed. The LORD Jesus Is Your Strength

#DailyDevotion Be Blessed. The LORD Jesus Is Your Strength

Introit (Psalm 84:1-4; Antiphon: Psalm 84:5)

Blessed are those whose strength | is in you,* who have set their hearts on | pilgrimage.

How lovely is your | dwelling place,* O LORD Al- | mighty!

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts | of the LORD;* my heart and my flesh cry out for the | living God.

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may | have her young–*a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King | and my God.

Blessed are those who dwell | in your house;* they are ever | praising you.

Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*     and to the Holy | Spirit;

as it was in the be- | ginning,*      is now, and will be forever. | Amen.

Blessed are those whose strength | is in you,* who have set their hearts on | pilgrimage.

Don’t normally post a devotion for Sunday because you should be in Church and receive nourishment from the hand God has provided you, but today I can’t be that hand so here you go.

The Antiphon for this 3rd Sunday in Lent is “Blessed are those whose strength| is in you, who have set their hearts on  pilgrimage. How lovely is your | dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!” The Antiphon is your first clue on Sunday morning what the theme of the day is going to be. Today’s antiphon tells us about who is blessed and why. So who is blessed? Those whose strength is in the LORD. So is your strength in the LORD? Who or what are you turning to for every good? In the day of trouble what or who do you turn to for strength to face it and get through it? If is it isn’t the LORD Jesus Christ, then you will not be blessed.

Yet the LORD Jesus Christ is the place, the person you should find your strength. He promises he will never leave or forsake you. He promises he is with you to the very end of the age. Ascended to the right hand of the Father, he exercises all power and dominion over all creation on your behalf. Why would you turn to anything or anyone else? We should set our hearts on pilgrimage to the LORD’s dwelling place, the right hand of God. Setting our hearts there means we trust Jesus exercising his power and dominion in a grace mannered way, i.e. on our behalf. We trust that the LORD is leading us home to his residence, his dwelling. Indeed even now, St. Paul tells us we are seating with Christ in the heavenly places.

Today, on Sunday, in particular, we can relate to the Psalmist who yearns and faints for the courts of the LORD. Perhaps that might be even more exacerbated if you cannot go to Church today to gather with the rest of the Temple the Body of Christ. Yet that hunger and yearning is a good thing. It shows our hearts are directed where they should be, Jesus Christ. Trust in the strength he will give you.

O LORD, our God, be our strength today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Worship In Spirit & Truth?

#DailyDevotion Worship In Spirit & Truth?

John 419“Sir,” the woman said to Him, “I see you’re a prophet! 200ur ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say, “The place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’” 21“Believe Me, woman,” Jesus told her, “the time is coming when you will not be worshiping the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22You don’t know what you’re worshiping. We know what we’re worshiping, because salvation comes from the Jews. 23But the time is coming, and it is here now, when genuine worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. You see, the Father is looking for such people to worship Him. 24God is a spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” 25The woman said to Him, “I know that the Messiah” (Who is called Christ) “is coming. When He comes, He’ll tell us everything.” 26“I am He – I Who am talking to you,” Jesus told her.

So believe or not, Jesus is not saying here he doesn’t want people gathering together for worship. Nor is he saying he only wants you praying alone by yourself. Seriously, some people think that is what Jesus is saying. What Jesus is saying quite clearly is that the Mosaic prohibition of formal worship on the high places and only allowing worship where the Ark of the Covenant was i.e. Jerusalem for the Jews or the place in Samaria, probably Bethel or Dan which Jeroboam set up the golden calves as the LORD. We see the apostles after Pentecost clearly still going to the Temple to preach about our risen LORD Jesus Christ. They still worshiped in the synagogues. So what is Jesus meaning by worshiping in Spirit and in Truth?

Indeed, genuine worshipers must worship the Father in spirit and truth. God is spirit and those who worship must worship him in spirit and truth. But what does this mean? It means as the commandment says, to love God with all the heart, soul, mind and strength through faith in Christ Jesus. It means to truly worship the Father with the heart and not ‘just’ outward actions. Certainly any worship of God in spirit and truth will also entail outward actions. However, outward actions alone are not good enough. Such outward action is only hypocritical without faith in Jesus.

Jesus then does something quite unusual, he tells the woman he is the Messiah that she and her people are looking for. Indeed, Jesus is the Messiah we all are looking for. Jesus is the promised seed, the promised one that every story, myth and faith that is looking for prophesied one who will restore all things. The promise in the Garden has come down and can be seen though in many corrupted forms. The Samaritans also had a corrupted form of the promise. But Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise of a Savior of the world. The Father has also set up that we can only approach him in spirit and truth through faith in the Messiah he has sent, Jesus Christ.

To worship God in spirit and truth, whether inwardly or inwardly and outwardly is the come before the Father through faith in Jesus Christ. There is no Spirit or Truth without Jesus or faith in him. The Spirit and Truth come to us through the Word of Christ. (Rom. 10, Eph. 5) To worship in the spirit is not some ethereal worship but worship that focuses on the Word of Christ, that is the word that tells us what Christ has done, is doing and will do for us when he returns.

Heavenly Father, you want us to worship you in spirit and in truth. Grant us faith through the word of Christ that all our worship of you is based on what Jesus has done for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.