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Wednesday, February 6, 2002

What Right?

"What right do you have to do these things?" the Jewish leaders
demanded. "If you have this authority from God, show us a miraculous
sign to prove it.""All right," Jesus replied. "Destroy this temple,
and in three days I will raise it up.""What!" they exclaimed. "It
took forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can do it in three
days?" But by "this temple," Jesus meant his body.
-- John 2:18-21 (NLT)

My, oh my, there is great hostility in this exchange. But, it
helps us get to the root of the whole issue of Jesus. What right
does he have to speak to us about important things? What right does
he have to correct our religious practices or change our religious
traditions? What right? Every right! Jesus' death and resurrection
make clear that he acts and speaks with God's authority. They may
not have understood when he spoke it, but we do. The crucified and
risen Lord IS the Temple of God. He is the focus of worship. He is
the authority on the will of God. He is the way to the Father.

Holy and Almighty God, you are holy and without your grace, I know
I am unworthy to come into your presence. Thank you for the gift of
Jesus -- his loving sacrifice, his willingness to go into the unknown
world of death, and his triumph over the grave. Forgive me for
holding back part of my heart, part of my will, from his
authoritative word. I want to live boldly, based on his authority
and honoring your will as he has taught it. In the name of your Son
and my Savior, Jesus, I pray. Amen.

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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT -- http://www.heartlight.org/

February 6, 2002

He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity,
and honor.
-- Proverbs 21:21

Isn't it funny that when we set off to find happiness or joy or
significance or meaning, we seldom find it. Instead, when we offer
to serve others and give ourselves wholeheartedly to the Lord and
his work, it is then that we find what we most need.

O Giver of every good and perfect gift, I ask today that you
give me a chance to serve you and others in a way which shows your
kingdom and its glory. If in the process you choose to meet the
needs in my own heart, then I thank you. This I pray through your
servant Jesus. Amen.