Marie’s daily verse: This is my command: Love each other (John 15:17). 

DAILY DEVOTION, Nov. 18, 2021 

And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.  (Zechariah 12:10).

Theologians like to speak of the “Christocentric principle.” This principle was clearly behind the writings of Martin Luther. He saw Jesus everywhere in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments. Zechariah is a Christocentric book. Jesus is everywhere. In the above passage, we see His crucifixion. God was pouring out His grace on Israel, but many rejected Him. Finally, others realized their error and grieved over the crucifixion. They cried out in dismay, “What shall we do?” What do you do when you have rejected the Son of God?

We learn in Acts 2 the good news that even those who participated in the crucifixion can find forgiveness and new life (See Acts 2:38). Those who turned to Jesus with repentance and faith found forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit. They openly proclaimed their faith in the baptismal waters.

When you read the Bible, the Christocentric principle means we look for Jesus everywhere. If you don’t see Jesus in your Bible reading, you are not reading the Bible correctly. He is the pearl of great price hidden everywhere in the pages of Scripture. The more we see Him, the more we grow in faith.

Father, open my spiritual eyes that I may see Jesus more clearly in the pages of Scripture. As I learn more and more about His glory and majesty, my faith grows, and as my faith grows, my service to Him increases. May my words and deeds bring glory and honor to my Savior, in whose name I pray. Amen. 

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