the present hour

marmsky May (30)

the present hour

Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2397

John 5:24-27

Joh 5:24 “I am honestly telling you, anyone who hears my word and believes the one who sent me has permanent life and will not go into judgment but has departed from the death to the life.
Joh 5:25 “I am honestly telling you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and the ones hearing will live.
Joh 5:26 Because just as the Father has life in himself, so also he has allowed the Son to have life in himself.
Joh 5:27 And he has allowed him the right to make judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

the present hour

The healing of the crippled man at the porticoes is the backdrop for this discourse, in which Jesus talks about two hours, a present one, and a future one. Both of these hours have been symbolically represented by the incident, in which Jesus spoke the word, and this crippled man was restored.

Now, Jesus talks about an hour which is coming, and is now here. That is the hour of forgiveness. That crippled man was bound by his sin, as Jesus had made clear when he met him in the temple, and told him not to sin again (5:14). Jesus exercised his right to give the offender life again.

This is the hour you and I are in. We can hear the voice of Christ offering forgiveness and the hope of permanent life, believe, and be forgiven.

LORD, draw many to yourself and your forgiveness this hour.

 

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