Today, Thursday December 02
“Now to Him Who is Able…”
Jude 1:24-25 “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.”
It really is all about Jesus! All the New Testament writers seem to come to this conclusion in their letters and so should we! Especially today, when we can so easily be overwhelmed with the darkness, the evil, the bad, the ugly, the painful, the suffering and the consequences of a culture and society that largely has told God that we don’t need Him or His Word, we need to come back personally and intimately to a relationship with Jesus Christ!
Only Jesus is able to keep us from stumbling around in the darkness! Only Jesus can present us faultless, blameless and spotless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy! Only Jesus can forgive us of all our sins! Only Jesus can fulfill and satisfy the deepest longings of our soul! Only Jesus can bring the rest and peace that we are so desperately looking for!
So why should we keep looking anywhere else? Jude 25 is the only place in this little letter where Jude called our Lord "Savior." Peter used this title five times. But Jude opened his letter by reminding his readers of "the common salvation" (Jude 3) that they shared because of their faith in Jesus Christ It is not enough to say that Jesus Christ is "a savior," or "the Savior"; we must say that He is "our Savior—my Savior."
He is not only our Savior, but He is "the only wise God." He can give you the wisdom you need to live your life to the glory of God. The false teachers boasted of their special knowledge, but they lacked spiritual wisdom. God gives wisdom to those who ask Him (James 1:5), provided they are sincerely willing to obey Him. If Christians would seek the wisdom of God in the Word of God, they would not stumble into the traps of the false teachers, but would walk to please the Lord.
Paul puts it all together with this prayer in his letter to the church at Colossae.
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:9-20)
It really is all about Jesus! “Now to Him Who….” My friend we would do well, if today we would remember Who Jesus is, and by the grace of God, make it all about Him in every aspect of our lives! If we can truly say that Jesus is “my Savior”, then we can also say, “The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want….” (Psalm 23).