Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Saturday, January 12, 2019

Theme: BE YE DOERS OF THE WORD

Text: “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”  – Luke 6:46

Comment:  The purpose of Christ’s coming to this world, apart from dying for the sins of mankind, was to teach people how to serve God acceptably, by words and actions. In the book of Isaiah chapter forty-two verse six, it is stated that God Almighty had called Jesus Christ  “for a light of the Gentiles”.  During his first advent earth Jesus Christ demonstrated to the highest degree his resolve to fulfill this divine purpose as it is written: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Jesus Christ corrected the false doctrines which the religious leaders were imparting to the people in the name of tradition and modern philosophy.  He condemned the hypocrisy of the religious leaders and by precept and example taught the virtues that make for a full or good Christian life. Unfortunately, the stubborn Jews were bent on continuing with their way of life irrespective of what Jesus Christ said.  We cannot claim to be Christians when we do not reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ, our shepherd, in our day to day lives. The Holy Bible states: “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:31, 32.