Daily Devotion: Thursday
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 87:1-7
Wisdom of the Day: Job 10:1-11
Scripture Reading: Luke 7:18-23
We should notice the peculiar answer which the disciples of John received from our Lord. We are told that "At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses, and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind." And then, "He said unto them, Go your way and tell John the things you have seen and heard." He makes no formal declaration that he is the Messiah who was to come. He simply supplies the messengers with facts to repeat to their master, and sends them away. He knew well how John the Baptist would employ these facts. He would say to his disciples, "Behold in Him who worked these miracles the prophet greater than Moses. This is the one whom you must hear and follow, when I am dead. This is indeed the Christ!"
Jesus lives up to the words preached in Matthew 7:15-20. "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
The proof of one's identity is not in his words, but rather his actions. Jesus fulfilled every Old Testament prophecy because he is God. We also need to show others that faith without works is dead.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, let me show others that you are my Savior through my actions.
Action Plan: Does my Christianity seem authentic even if I never say a word? Do actions speak louder than words?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.