Today’s Reading: John 15:26-16:4
“I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.” (John 16:1)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Have you wondered why Jesus spends so much time with His disciples? If He wanted to get His message out to the mass population, you would think that He would devote more time to being amongst the people, though He does spend His fair share of time with them. In order for the disciples to be strengthened and prepared to go and spread the Word of God, Jesus needs to convey that Word to them. The best way He knows how to do that is to bring them with Him and teach them as much as He can in a short amount of time.
The Word of God that was taught to the disciples is that same Word that has been and continues to be taught to you. There is so much that is contained within God’s Word, you could never mine every nugget of God’s wisdom. What we have recorded in Scripture is what God has decided we need to have–nothing more and nothing less. The purpose is simple according to John: “But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).
The devil is quite crafty and continues to try to cause doubt in the believer. Anyone who will doubt God and His Word is a win for Satan. This will continue until the day that Jesus returns. Luther tells us, “He will certainly have the devil also around him, who with his lying and murdering day and night will let him have no peace, within or without. . . ” (Small Catechism). The only sure defense we have against Satan is God’s Word.
It is for that reason that Jesus spends so much time with His disciples, to teach them God’s Word. It is for that reason that you and I remain in God’s Word, and that we will always have before us God’s promise of forgiveness and salvation. God’s Word, both in its written form and through the Word made flesh, has been given to us, to lead and guide us into the truth. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for the Seventh Sunday of Easter)
-Rev. Jared Tucher is pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Farmers Retreat, IN, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dewberry, IN.
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