Devotion and Prayer for Week of November 4, 2012

Meditation for the Week November 4, 2012

 

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.” 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Hebrews 1:1-2

 

God sure saves the best for last.  First there were the prophets.  Down through the years, over many generations God sent prophets to speak to His people.  Men like Moses, David, Elijah and Isaiah opened their mouths and related all that God was planning.  They urged repentance, consoled with pardon, and kept alive in God’s faithful people the hope of salvation through the Messiah.  The prophets were special servants of God; hearing them was how people came to believe in and trust in God.  But an even more special prophet was still to come.

At last, God sent the prophet who was by far the greatest of all.  For this prophet was both human and divine, God’s eternal Son.  This prophet was Jesus Christ, our flesh and blood brother and our Savior.  Through Jesus, God spoke in plain and clear words of His grace toward sinners.  From Jesus’ lips came the glad message of the gift of salvation and eternal life, and through Jesus’ blood, shed on the cross, that salvation was accomplished, bringing forgiveness of sins for every person in the whole world.

We certainly are fortunate people, aren’t we?  Through His Son God has spoken His Gospel to us and we, having heard that message, can now believe in God and trust in Him.  We can confess our sins and be assured of forgiveness.  We can pray to God and be certain that He hears.  We can be confident that God loves us and will always—yes, eternally—take care of us.  No wonder when we meet for worship and listen to God’s Word we always reply by saying, “Thanks be to God” and “Praise be to Thee, O Christ.”

 

Our Weekly Prayer

Thank You, Lord God, for speaking to us by the prophets, and thank you especially for speaking to us by Your Son.  We glory in your grace and in the salvation of Jesus.  We give you praise forever.   Amen.