“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him” (John 2:11)
“Now that was a glorious sight!”
That’s what we might say after viewing a magnificent natural landscape or the star-filled sky on a clear night. Nature can be glorious because it is the handiwork of God (Psalm 19:1). Something of His divine glory shines in it, even if many who gaze in awe at the Grand Canyon do not acknowledge it.
The glory of God that we see in His creation is that of His power and wisdom, and even His goodness to mankind (Acts 14:15-17). But His glory is also seen in His other attributes: that He is holy, just, all-knowing, present everywhere, and eternal. Furthermore, His glory is especially seen in His grace and love, which are revealed on the pages of Scripture.
In the season of the church year called Epiphany, we learn of the glory of God as it was revealed in Jesus. In His miracles, the almighty power of God was revealed in Him. By these acts of power it could be seen that Jesus was the Son of the living God. The first of these took place at the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11), where Jesus turned water into wine. With this work Jesus “manifested His glory” by doing something that only God could have done. His disciples saw it and believed in Him. Read More…
To our Readers: The compiler of these Daily Devotions is David Schaller, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, CLC, Sister Lakes, Michigan. The devotions will appear month by month in 2015 (excluding Sundays, as in the past). We heartily thank Pastor Schaller for providing this spiritual menu for our subscribers. Dear readers, as the Lord directed His prophet: “…Eat what you find; eat this scroll…” (Ezekiel 3:1)—and you will surely be blessed.January 2015
TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941;
WS = Worship Supplement 2000;
SC = Martin Luther’s Small Catechism;
[ ] = Minor Festivals or commemorations in the Christian Church Year
Jan 1 Luke 13:1-9 Psalm 121
Our Savior mercifully grants us another year. May we bear fruit to His glory.
Jan 2 Luke 12:1-12 TLH 96
There’s no need to be afraid to confess Jesus before others. He will watch over you.
Jan 3 Romans 3:21-26 TLH 377:1, 6
The year is new, but this truth remains: We are sinners and saints.
Jan 5 Luke 2:40-52 Psalm 119:97-104
The boy Jesus shows His appreciation for the Word of God—and grows in it. Read More…
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’ But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil” (James 4:13-16).
It seems natural for us to look forward to the new year with plans and ambitions. We all want to accomplish more than we did last year. We want to reach new goals and fulfill aspirations that we may have been harboring for years. We resolve, “It is finally going to happen this year in 2015!” Read More…
Perhaps you have seen the bumper sticker or heard the expression, “God is Pro-Life.” Exactly what does that mean? Because there are so many life-and-death discussions permeating our society, especially around election time, it may be helpful to review what God says about being Pro-Life.
Our God is the “I Am” God – Jehovah (YHWH in Hebrew). He is eternal, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Any talk of “life” must begin with the Giver of life, our Triune God. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). Read More…