It is easier for us humans to believe and trust in everything else than in the name of Christ, who alone is all in all ~ Martin Luther. As we reflect on our trust in ourselves and the things of this world, think about how Jesus came so we could trust on him every day…
21 “You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
10 “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Jesus didn’t come for you to trust in yourself. He knew that trusting in you wasn’t going to work. And so he came to save us from our sins and ourselves. This is the great joy for all the people.
In his day, Martin Luther was pushing back against all sorts of ideas of how we could be acceptable to God through Jesus plus good works, or penance, or whatever. Today, Luther’s words are still true today. We look far and wide for things to trust in for comfort.
What are you adding to Jesus? Is he enough for you today?
Not only do we often want to still make ourselves good enough for God, we also seek self-centred comforts and reassurances to make us feel better in life. We often demonstrate a resulting lack of faith in our relationship with God and other objects of our loyalty and worship instead of God.
Why? Because it’s easy, as Luther would say, yet also because it is a cover for our true faith, which is often in ourselves.
If our faith is in Christ only, nothing else is required and nothing else is needed to make us content.
Peter’s reflection back to Jesus in John 6 is a great example of the clarity and humility that we ought to have in our relationships with the Christ. To whom shall we go? Who else has the words of eternal life? I do not. You do not.
Turn to the Holy One of Israel. Turn to Jesus and strike up the resolve to not rely on earthly things or yourself.