“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 KJV
Until one is reborn from above by the gracious working of the Holy Spirit through God’s Word and Sacraments, he cannot see the kingdom of God or understand what it is. Nicodemus, who came to Jesus at night, did not know God’s kingdom aright because he, along with the rest of the Pharisees, had rejected the baptism of John and did not trust in Jesus as the Messiah and Savior.
Dear Lord Jesus, grant to us true knowledge of You and faith through the preaching of Your Word and baptism in Your name. Amen.
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29 KJV
It is the gracious will of God that those whom He foreknew as His own would be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. The goal of God the Father in sending His own Son into the world to redeem us from sin and the just condemnation of God’s law is not that we would continue on in our old sinful ways but that we would all become like Christ Jesus, our Savior!
Grant to us true repentance and faith in the Son, O God, that we might become like Him. Amen.
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18 KJV
As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we suffer the hatred of unbelievers and may even be persecuted for clinging to Christ and His Word, yet the sufferings which we endure in this world are nothing in comparison to the glory which awaits us when Christ returns and takes us to be with Him in His eternal, heavenly kingdom.
Keep our eyes focused on You, O Lord, and on the glory which awaits us in heaven for the sake of Your innocent sufferings and death in our stead. Amen.
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.” John 2:19-21 KJV
The Jews asked for a sign that Jesus really was the Son of God and the promised Messiah and Savior. The sign Jesus gave them was His death and His resurrection on the third day. His hearers didn’t understand, but His resurrection on Easter morning proves He is God the Son and that He has on the cross atoned for the sins of all.
Dear Lord Jesus, grant that I see in Your death and resurrection proof that You are the Son of God and my Savior from sin and death. Amen.
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Proverbs 30:5-6 KJV
The Word of God is true and pure and there is great blessing in accepting God’s every word in faith. But there is danger in adding our own interpretations to God’s Word, in saying more than God has said. Anyone who adds to His words (or takes away from them) will be reproved by the LORD God and found to be a liar.
O Lord God, grant that I accept Your every word in faith, neither adding to Your words nor taking away from them. Amen.