John 10:35 - (Jesus said) "Scripture cannot be broken."
What eternal power is present in this simple sentence from the Savior! In it is found the divine stamp of approval on Scripture. Nations and peoples worldwide must realize on the basis of Jesus' concise words here that every declaration of warning, every pronouncement of judgment, which God's Word of truth speaks on our careless, godless age will be fulfilled to the letter.
Likewise, the judgment of God on unfaithful churches is inevitable and absolute. The verdict given in the book of Revelation on ancient churches that have lost their faith and are compromised with unbelief still strikes modern churches which have abandoned their first love of fervent faith and Christ-centered love for others.
This brings every one of us to the personal problem of our own sins. For the unbroken Word of God tells us plainly that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), and "The soul who sins shall die" (Ezekiel 18:20a). We may squirm under this sentence upon our sin and the doom of the sinner, but the unbreakable Word of God cannot be altered.
And neither can His promises!
Therefore, let us raise our praise filled hearts to thank our Heavenly Father for His unbroken Word of grace, every promise of His unfailing mercy, every pledge of His unchanging love, every assurance of His unending compassion.
Now, if the sure Word of grace, predicted in scores of ancient prophecies, tells us that He, the Christ of God, was "pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities" (Isaiah 53:5a); if it is the glory of the Gospel that we can "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29b); then we know, before the cross, at the threshold of every human happiness, we know that the covenant of God's peace in Christ will never be broken.
There we can grasp our New Testaments and repeat that these Scriptures "cannot be broken." Even if you cannot measure the immensity of God's love, believe it. Even if you cannot understand and explain it, cherish it. Even if you see insurmountable obstacles between you and your God, remember that by day and by night, in heat and cold, in war and in peace, in childhood and in old age, through life and through death, the merciful Scriptures of God must be fulfilled.
Is there difficulty within the walls of your home? Is your neighborhood in peril, torn by strife and anger? Is your own heart dissatisfied with life, hungry for something more? I have seen homes brought together in love and reconciliation. I have seen relationships transformed, lives rebuilt, confidences regained. And I have seen those despairing of all hope find their lives' only true Hope—all because of the power of God's unbreakable Word, taking root in their lives.
God's Word is for you and for me. Make it yours; immerse yourself in its promises; cherish it; defend it; support it; and cling tightly to the promise of the Heavenly Father's unbroken love, His eternal power, and His undiminished blessing through the cross of His Son Jesus Christ.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, teach us to stand on the promises of Your unbreakable Word. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
From "The Word—Forever Unbroken," a sermon excerpt from Rev. Dr. Walter A. Maier, the first Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
1. What does it mean to you, that Scripture "cannot be broken"?
2. Can you give an Old Testament promise that came true in the New Testament?
3. When you're feeling down, what's a promise from Jesus that gives you strength and hope?
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