Daily Reading: December 29th


#DailyDevotion Eternal Life is having an end of year sale.

December 29th

Read Is 55:1–13

Isaiah 55:1-7 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (2) Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. (3) Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. (4) Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. (5) Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. (6) “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; (7) let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

What a deal! Is this not the good news of Jesus Christ in a nutshell? Free water, free food, free wine and your soul living, free, free, free, grace upon grace, favor upon favor, that is good news in Jesus Christ. Revelation says the same thing doesn’t it? Revelation 22:17 “The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” And Revelation 22:1-2 “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb (2) through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

God your Father is calling to you to come to Him through Jesus. Jesus is the everlasting covenant God has made with you and all people. Jesus is the sure love for David. Jesus is the witness to the peoples. Matthew 26:27-28 “And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you, (28) for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’” And Hebrews 7:22 “This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.” What kind of covenant? Jeremiah 31:33-34 “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (34) And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

Therefore seek the Lord where he may be found? Where is that? Where his people gather around his Word and receive his new covenant, his body and blood. There is coming a day when you will not be able to do this. And now, believing you have full pardon for your sins, turn away from you old, wicked ways and thoughts. God is plenteous in redemption. He only wants to forgive you and have you be part of His people. You will be glorified in Him.

Lord God, Heavenly Father, your ways and thoughts are not ours, you forgive freely those who do not know and do not seek you, by spilling the blood and giving his body into death. Grant us the gift of repentance that we may seek you out and receive abundant pardon and grace. Amen

Daily Reading: December 28th


#DailyDevotion Jesus fulfills the Scriptures

December 28th

Read Is 52:13—54:10

Isa 52:13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.

Joh 12:32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

Isa 52:15 so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand.

Mat 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Heb 10:22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 1Pe 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

Isa 53:3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Mar 15:19 And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him.

Isa 53:4-5 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.

Mat 8:16 That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 1Jn 2:2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. Mat 20:28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.

Mar 15:5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

Isaiah 54:1 “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the LORD.

Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,

O Lord God, Heavenly Father, you portrayed for us the work and death of Jesus, grant us faith to believe in Christ who completed this work that we may be the children of the barren one at his second coming. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Daily Reading: December 27th


#DailyDevotion Who will plead your case before God? Jesus represents all who trust in Him

December 27th

Read Is 51:17—52:12

Isa 51:22-23 Thus says your Lord, the LORD, your God who pleads the cause of his people: “Behold, I have taken from your hand the cup of staggering; the bowl of my wrath you shall drink no more; (23) and I will put it into the hand of your tormentors, who have said to you, ‘Bow down, that we may pass over’; and you have made your back like the ground and like the street for them to pass over.” Isa 52:1Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean. (2) Shake yourself from the dust and arise; be seated, O Jerusalem; loose the bonds from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. (3) For thus says the LORD: “You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.”…7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

The Israelites who have run after other gods were under the wrathful hand of God. He had sent the Assyrians to pour out his wrath upon them. While they may have thought the Assyrians were their enemies they indeed had a more formidable foe. Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. It is these forces which deceived the Israelites and the Jews to fall away and rebel against the Lord their God.

They are indeed the foes of all mankind. They pit man against man and man against God. They torment people day and night by driving us away from our Creator and turning us to serve things, people, wealth, sex, drugs, idols and the imagination of our hearts. Such things do not give us life but take it away from us. They drive wedges between our love for our fellow man and from the love of God. The Lord God, our Lord Jesus Christ, will ultimately defeat these our enemies and cast them into the Lake of Fire where they shall be tormented day and night even as they have tormented us.

God has taken away the wrath laying upon us. He has redeemed us from the life we used to have and those who sought us nothing but harm. Our Father in heaven has seen our poor estate and sent His Son, to bear the wrath for us as he cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” Jesus has redeemed us with his blood and bought us to be his own people and to be delivered from all those false gods that used to enslave us.

Therefore, awake and put on your strength. That strength is the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. It delivers us from bondage to sin. Put on the beautiful garments of the righteousness of Jesus who gives it to us freely so we not be naked and ashamed before our heavenly Father. Shake off the dust of your past, for God will no longer remember your sins but forget them for all time, they have been washed away by the blood of Christ. Peace has been made between you and God. Salvation has been procured for by Jesus. Live in the joy of the Lord. Christ has come to reign in your hearts.

Lord Jesus Christ, ever reigns in our hearts by faith that we may live in your peace. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 26th


#DailyDevotion God has made Jesus our ‘safe base’ which we gather around.

December 26th

Read Is 49:22–26;50:4—51:8, 12–16

Isa 49:22-23 Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations, and raise my signal to the peoples; and they shall bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders. (23) Kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you, and lick the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.” 50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. (5) The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward. (6) I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting. (7) But the Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame. (8) He who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me. 51:12“I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass, (13) and have forgotten the LORD, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, and you fear continually all the day because of the wrath of the oppressor, when he sets himself to destroy? And where is the wrath of the oppressor?

In Is. 49:22 the Lord God promises to lift up his hand to the nations and raise a signal to the peoples. In 50:4-8 the Lord describes his hand and signal. It is the Lord Jesus Christ whose ear is opened and was not rebellious. It is Jesus who turns his back to those who strike and his cheeks to those who pull the bear. It is Christ who does not hide his face from disgrace and spitting. Why and how? The Lord God, his Father and our Father sustains him. The Father vindicates him. There is none who can contend with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus does this out of love for the Father and out of his great love for you. Jesus is the hand of God who gathers us to the Father. Jesus crucified is the signal which gathers the nations. What glorious promises he gives to those who place their trust in him. Kings and queens shall be our foster fathers and nursing mothers. Who is that other than God our Father and the Church through whose womb we are born as Christians?

So as the Lord Jesus Christ’ holy people we are comforted in knowing the Father’s true attitude toward us which is love, mercy, forgiveness, gentleness and kindness. So we do not need to fear any man. Man dies and tomorrow is forgotten. Do not forget you have a Father in heaven who cares for you and who does not forget you. You are the apple of his eye on account of Jesus. What can man do to you? Indeed what can even the spirits do to you if the almighty God and Lord is your Father and the Lord Jesus Christ is your brother. The world can only bring harm to you for a short term. But the blessings of the Father are forever. So fear and trust in God, the living God, alone and his Christ, Jesus.

Lord God, Heavenly Father, grant us the revelation of your son Jesus Christ, that we may see him as your hand and signal to gather around and be received as your children whom you have gathered from the four corners of the earth and remain faithful to you unto death. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 25th


#DailyDevotion Jesus is Israel

December 25th

Read Is 49:1–18

Isa 49:1-9 Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. (2) He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away. (3) And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” (4) But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the LORD, and my recompense with my God.” (5) And now the LORD says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him– for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD, and my God has become my strength– (6) he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (7) Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation, the servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall prostrate themselves; because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.” (8) Thus says the LORD: “In a time of favor I have answered you; in a day of salvation I have helped you; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages, (9) saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear.’ They shall feed along the ways; on all bare heights shall be their pasture;

What insight has the Lord given to Isaiah that he should see into the mind of Christ Jesus. It is Jesus who is called by God the Father from the womb of his mother Mary. Even before he was conceived, the angel spoke and he was named.

This Jesus is pictured with a sharp sword for a tongue just as he is pictured in Revelation for his tongue is his Word. His tongue, His Word, divides soul and spirit and judges the hearts of men. He shows what is on our hearts. He kills us with his law and gives us life with the forgiveness of sins. He was a polished arrow in which as death tried to swallow him he pierced death through and was raised from the dead to give eternal life to all who would believe in him.

Jesus is Israel. In Jesus all the judgments against Israel are punished on the cross. In Jesus, all the promises of God to Israel are fulfilled. As such the Father sends him to redeem not only the physical descendants of Abraham but call out to the world, to the nations, every language, tribe and tongue. He joins them, both Jews and Gentile into Christ in baptism (Rom. 6:3ff) and calls them by his name, Israel.

Jesus is the Redeemer of Israel. Jesus is the Holy One. Jesus is the one who is despised yet every knee shall bow and every tongue confess Jesus is the Lord, he is the Holy One. Jesus and his blood is the covenant which brings peace to the nations and joy to the world. Jesus is the One who is the light of the world which calls us out of darkness by the peace won by his humiliation.

Heavenly Father, ever grant us your Holy Spirit that we may recognize your Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Redeemer, our Light, our Strength that we may be one with him in baptism and be your Israel in him. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 24th


#DailyDevotion Every knee shall bow and confess Jesus is Lord willingly or unwillingly. How will you do it?

December 24th

Read Is 44:21—45:13, 20–25

Isa 44:28-45:1 who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd, and he shall fulfill all my purpose’; saying of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be built,’ and of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.'” (45:1) Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed:… 21 Declare and present your case; let them take counsel together! Who told this long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me. (22) “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. (23) By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’ (24) “Only in the LORD, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; to him shall come and be ashamed all who were incensed against him. (25) In the LORD all the offspring of Israel shall be justified and shall glory.”

For those who doubt the Lord’s power to predict and dictate the future and to reveal it to man through the prophets, Isaiah 44:28-45:1 are a cause of offense. “Isaiah the prophet couldn’t have written this,” they say, “It was written after the fact.” But the point is that the Lord God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did speak this through the prophet Isaiah, that we may know that he alone is God and there is no other.

If the God of Israel is alone God and there is no other, if we are accountable to him for everything we think, say and do then we might want to reconsider our ways and our faith which drives our ways.

The good news is that in this God is salvation. In him there is redemption. His righteousness and strength he offers to all nations freely on account of himself in his incarnation, Jesus of Nazareth. Isaiah says every knee shall bow before the Lord and the apostles proclaim to us every knee shall bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Turn then to Jesus and no one and nothing else for your salvation.

If you reject him, Jesus, you shall be ashamed for how you were incensed against him. Yet you will be compelled to confess him as your Lord. If you turn to him for help, he shall justify you and you will be glorified in him. Make Jesus your allegiance and you shall have knowledge and understanding, righteousness and glory. For he is God. There is no other. All else is a sham and demons who await the eternal fire.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant us such faith in you that we shall be justified and gloried on the day of your coming. May the word of your holy prophets and apostles convince and convert our hearts to your truth. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 23rd


#DailyDevotion Jesus says, “besides me there is no god” and “I blot out sins for my own sake.”

December 23rd

Read Is 43:25—44:20

Isa 43:25 “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Isa 44:5 This one will say, ‘I am the LORD’s,’ another will call on the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, ‘The LORD’s,’ and name himself by the name of Israel.” 6 Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. (7) Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient people. Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen. (8) Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.”

What a lead into the rest of this reading! Who is the God of the Old Testament? He is the one who “blots out transgressions for his own sake.” Oftentimes we seem we to get overwhelmed that the Lord God Almighty is angry and wipes out lots of people for their sins. And well, the people, like us, deserve it. But He is also a merciful, kind and forgiving God. He reserves a remnant like Noah and his family. He preserves a family to become a line through whom He will become one of us to redeem us with his blood.

When God forgives sins it is not because you have become repentant enough. He doesn’t do it because of your well intentioned prayers of changing your life around. God doesn’t forgive you because you set out to make things right. No, he forgives you for his own sake and for the sake of his name. That name is Jesus.

The rest of this reading is the Lord reasoning with us to stop making idols for ourselves. Sure we may not carve out wooden figures and cover them with gold or silver but we break the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me” nevertheless. For when we turn to created things to comfort, give us strength and hope instead of turning to Jesus we make them our gods. These could be alcohol, drugs, sex, spouses, jobs, parents, friends, credit, money, food, church, religion, philosophy, or anything else that is not the Uncreated One that we think will solve all our problems today. The Lord says, Isa 44:9 “All who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame.” And Isa 44:19 “No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, ‘Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?’”

What or who are you fearing, loving and trusting more than Jesus? Who are what is getting you through the night instead of the promises of God in Christ? Your maker is always there, ready and willing to forgive you for the sake of his name, Jesus. Turn and look to him.

Lord God, Heavenly Father, we turn to so many things to give us comfort, strength and hope and to solve our problems. Grant us your grace in Christ Jesus to turn to you instead to solve all our problems today and to comfort and give us strength and hope until we see the light of your salvation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 22


#DailyDevotion I, I am Jesus, besides me there is no Savior.

December 22nd

Read Is 43:1–24

Isa 43:1 But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

Isa 43:3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you.

Isa 43:10-12 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. (11) I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior. (12) I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and I am God.

Isa 43:15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.”

In this chapter of Isaiah, the Lord God, the God of Israel, is making some specific claims upon his holy people and upon his name, character and person. It is Yahweh, the Lord who created Israel from a very peculiar people in the Mid-east, from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Even as he formed them and brought them out of Egypt, this same Yahweh, the Lord, is Jesus who forms his holy Church, starting with the Jews and gathering people from every language, tongue, tribe and nation to be his very own people. To such a people he declares to fear not. Why should we his people not fear? Because he has redeemed us with his precious blood. He calls us out from the world, each by name, even as he calls the stars out at night. We need not fear because we belong to him.

The Lord, Yahweh, is the Holy One of Israel. That is a name, a designation for Jesus in the New Testament. He declares that he is Israel’s God. What other God chases after a people and declares them to be his own? He is Israel’s savior and he is the savior of the whole world and in particular the Church.

Israel is a witness to God, the Lord’s great love for his people. “I am he,” a designation of Jesus in the Gospels shows us who he is. Jesus is God and there is no other. As St. Paul says, 1Co 8:5-6 “For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth–as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”– (6) yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” It is this Jesus who is the Lord, whom Isaiah prophesies here. There is no other savior, there is no other Lord we can turn to. What other gods have declared and saved like Jesus God? Jesus alone is the Lord(Yahweh), the Holy One, the Creator of Israel, the King of his people. Yet we like the fallen people of Israel at times are not satisfied with the one and only savior, our creator who calls and saves us from this fallen world and look to someone, something, some philosophy, some other piece of knowledge or some other experience other than Jesus. Jesus, this is it.

Heavenly Father, grant us your Holy Spirit, that we have such faith that looks to Jesus your Son, alone as Lord, our God, our Holy One, our Redeemer, our Savior, our Creator, our King that we may rest in quietness and salvation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Reading: December 21st


#DailyDevotion What Jesus has done, is doing and will do for you. Pay attention, this is important.

December 21st

Read Isaiah 42

Isa 42:1-9 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. (2) He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; (3) a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. (4) He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. (5) Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: (6) “I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, (7) to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. (8) I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. (9) Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

Isaiah is looking to the day of Jesus’ baptism, his ministry, his crucifixion, his resurrection in chapter forty-two. Verse one speaks specifically to Jesus’ baptism. There the Father proclaims his love for the Son and anoints his flesh with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus in his earthly ministry among us lifts up the poor and lowly. He does restore those who are broken by their sins (notice I said broken, not justifying their sins). Though many of his people reject him and his ministry, he does not lose heart but sets his eyes toward his goal, the redemption of mankind.

Jesus brings justice to the nations, he established justice in the earth, and establishes his law not necessarily the way how law oriented people think. For the justice he brings is the justice of the cross. He didn’t come to bring head-banging, wiping them out justice. No, for those broken by life, the law, their sins, guilt and shame and for those who still try to justify their sins and the self-righteousness, Jesus establishes justice and brings it to the earth. He does that by taking the sin of the world into his own flesh, his own soul and spirit and suffers for it there on the cross. The justice of God and his righteousness is fulfilled there. The Father is reconciled with all people there in the suffering of Jesus.

Jesus is now the sign of God’s glory. He is the covenant and light to the nations. He has done something new. Jesus will not share his glory with another or his praise to anything in all creation. Those who try to add to his glory and praise or those who try to take away from his merits and works shall see utter destruction. You cannot add your works to Jesus or try by your merits to share in his glory. It will not work. Either Jesus gets the glory for you salvation or you are not saved. But he gives it to you freely, gratuitously, without charge. You either believe it or you don’t.

Lord Jesus Christ, help us to look to you alone to be our justice and our righteousness before the Father and look to no other creature whereby we might be saved or pleasing to God. Amen.