And through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:20
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour
Filmmakers really enjoy exploring the theme of the universe.
Many movies have tried to show interstellar battles, wars between different galaxies, and Earth defending itself against alien invasions. That's science fiction.
Science is different. Science is doing its very best to reach out into the universe. That can be done through a man landing on the moon or by all manner of telescopes.
And God? What is our distance from Him?
Since God is a Spirit, there is no telescope that will ever allow us to see Him, and there is no microscope capable of identifying His fingerprints or blood type. And if that is not bad enough, there is the fact that sin has separated us from our Creator. Indeed, the universe itself has been corrupted by sin.
This leads us to ask, how do we get close to God? Is it possible to bridge the gulf which has been made between us?
Thankfully, the Bible supplies an answer when it says, "and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, and making peace by the blood of His cross."
God, the Creator of all things, is the Maker of great galaxies and the grains of sand upon the beach. He who created everything now wishes to restore everything. This He does through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the Savior, and only through Him, can we be delivered from the power of darkness, be forgiven, and be brought back to the family from which sin and Satan have stolen us.
Now there is no question that when we compare ourselves with the universe, we are very small. We are only beginning to recognize, and be frightened by, the great dark of outer space, black holes, and the other unknown and unimagined forces.
In spite of the great expanses of space, we know the Lord is even greater. He is the Creator of all things, the One who maintains harmony and order; He is the sender of His Son who gave His life to rescue us out of dark fear and uncertainty.
The manger, the cross, and the empty tomb are not science fiction. They are God's reality, which brings believers back to Him.
THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, Lord of the universe, today I thank You for sending Your Son to save sinners. I rejoice that He brings us a peace that is brighter than the light of any sun. I give thanks that through His life, death and resurrection, He brings light to my heart. In His Name. Amen.
Biography of Author: Today's international devotion was written by Fernando Henrique Huf. Pastor Huf graduated in 1997 from Concordia Institute in São Paulo. He served as a pastor in Recife for seven years and in São Paulo for eight. Since March of 2012, he has been the pastor of The Lutheran Hour of Brazil. In that position he writes short daily messages, answers questions of respondents, receives prayer requests, and presents online Bible study every Wednesday. He travels with the Evangelism Training for Saints program and represents The Lutheran Hour at those events. He is married to Magda and they have two daughters: Tábata and Muriel. In this South American country of 200 million people, Lutheran Hour Ministries-Brazil operates as Hora Luterana. Outreach programs include "Five Minutes with Jesus," a radio program; "Messages of Hope," a voicemail response service delivering more than 10,000 Gospel replies each month; and Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC).
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In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries
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